2nd Annual Southern Ohio Senior Games


A portion of the Southern Ohio Senior Games took place on Saturday at the Portsmouth High School athletic complex. The second annual games hosted athletes ages 50 and older in events like 100 meter sprints, 50 meter sprints, high jump, long jump, shot put and discus.

The regional competition was formed two years ago by Ms. Levette Mosley, coordinator and competitor, who was inspired by her community. “I knew there was a large portion of the community that were in the 50 and older age category,” said Mosley. “I noticed these people, like myself, like to be active and strive to stay healthy. I had this idea to establish the Southern Ohio Senior Games, and seeing what I had envisioned come to life is so amazing. I was moved to tears the first time I saw everyone come together for last year’s events.”

Nadine Carver, of Minford, Ohio, has been competing in the Senior Games since 2007.

“For years I would drive to Cincinnati to compete,” said Carver. “It’s wonderful to have something like this happening locally.” Carver competes in multiple events, such as the long jump, high jump, triple jump, and 50 meter sprints and has competed Nationally in the high jump.

“I never competed in any type of sport when I was younger,” said Carver. “Now I look forward to the competition and seeing familiar faces I’ve competed with in previous years. It’s also very inspiring to see people in their nineties still competing and staying healthy.”

In addition to being an outlet for local seniors, the Southern Ohio Senior Games also attracts competitors from all across the United States and Canada. Kim Bauer, executive director of the Portsmouth-Scioto County Visitors Bureau and competitor in the 2017 Southern Ohio Senior Games, believes the games are a good way to bring people to the area. “Hosting these events locally brings people into the community,” said Bauer. “Not only are we inviting people to enjoy our community, but we’re bringing in business for hotels and restaurants.”

Mr. Richard Soller of Cincinnati was among the oldest participants in this year’s games, still competing fiercely in both high and long jump and the 50, 100, and 200 meter sprints at 90 years old. “I have been competing in the Senior Games since I was 55,” said Soller. “At my age there’s not much competition, but I still enjoy coming out and participating. It’s a wonderful feeling to be here, I’m very blessed”

The Southern Ohio Senior Games is separated into eight days of events across the month of September, with the competitors who advance moving onto the State Competition in June, with National competition taking place in 2019. The Southern Ohio Senior Games would like to thank their sponsors and volunteers for making this event possible.

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Competitor Jerry Lahier in the shot put event.
http://www.portsmouth-dailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/28/2017/09/web1_image2.jpgCompetitor Jerry Lahier in the shot put event.

Richard Soeller in the 100 meter Sprint
http://www.portsmouth-dailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/28/2017/09/web1_ivy4.jpgRichard Soeller in the 100 meter Sprint

By Ivy Potter

ipotter@aimmediamidwest.com

Reach: Ivy Potter (740) 353-3101 Extension 1932

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