NH Senior Games Off to a “Lucky” Start
Greely Park was the scene as the 30th annual NH Senior Games kicked off with the annual Horseshoe tournament on Sunday, June 25th.
A dedicated group of athletes competed in singles and doubles with several stand-out performances.
89- year-old Gloria Benjamin captured a gold medal in the 85-89 singles division. The Goffstown resident, who has been taking part in senior sports for many years, says she not only enjoys the competition, but also the camaraderie that comes with sports. “You are able to meet the nicest people at the events,” she shared. “Sports really bring people together.” Ms. Benjamin also competes in Pickleball and Shuffleboard, both of which are competed later this summer as part of the NH Senior Games.
Paul Yankowskas, a sturdy 60- year old from Londonderry, struck gold twice with a gold medal in the 60-64 singles division and a gold medal in the 60-64 doubles division where he teamed up with Harold Turner of Nashua. A veteran of numerous competitions, Mr. Yankowskas has participated in Senior Games in all New England States as well as New York. Among his many highlights was a Bronze Medal in the 2015 National Senior Games in Minneapolis. “I like testing myself in different sports,” he said. That’s for sure! This summer, Mr. Yankowskas plans to compete in several more sports including: track and field events, bowling, shuffleboard and the 5k road race. Early this year, he also walked the Gate City Marathon. “These games are a fantastic way to stay active and social,” he said. “I highly recommend taking part.”