Local seniors excel during 2013 Michigan Senior Olympics
August 7, 2013
Events in the 2013 Michigan Senior Olympics Summer Games kicked off in May and continue through Aug. 11 with track and field contests.
Several residents of the C & G Newspapers coverage area took part in the various competitions, medaling in several events. Competitions took place at several sites throughout Oakland County, with competitors being from Michigan and states such as Florida and Ohio. Some athletes came from Canada.
The 2013 National Senior Olympics took place July 19-Aug. 1 in Cleveland, according to the National Senior Games Association website. The NSGA is the organization that sanctions each event.
Participants who competed in last year’s Michigan Senior Olympic Summer Games had the opportunity to qualify for this year’s national events, according to michiganseniorolympics.org. This year was not a year medalists could qualify for nationals. Check the website for full results and a list of medalists in the 2013 games.
Warren resident John Kavalick qualified for the Cleveland National Senior Olympics for bowling by way of his performance in the 2012 qualifying rounds. He said he didn’t perform as well as he would have liked and attributes his performance to not getting acclimated to the lanes.
“You’re there with some awesome bowlers,” said Kavalick, who won a gold medal in the male 65-69 age group this year in matches played June 3 at Classic Lanes in Rochester Hills.
“On the final day, we had two guys roll 300s. It’s great competition. I think I’m going to get back out there next year to see if I can qualify for the nationals (in 2015).”
The next qualifying year will take place in 2014, with the Nationals taking place in 2015 in Minnesota.
Michigan Senior Olympics Marketing and Sponsorship Director Becky Ridky, based in Rochester, said about 600 seniors participated in various events this summer, including swimming, tennis and bowling. She said the organization is expecting more than 1,000 athletes next summer, since 2014 is a qualifying year for the 2015 national games.
Kavalick said the competition at the games is fierce. He said going up against some of the best athletes in their age group was something to behold.
“There aren’t any slouches out there doing any of the events,” Kavalick said. “I’ve been doing it for a few years now and it’s a great time every time. It’s a lot of fun and you meet a lot of great people.”
For information on how to participate in the Michigan Senior Olympics, check www.michiganseniorolympics.org.