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Wisconsin Athletes Shine in June 2011 at the Summer National Senior Games

July 13, 2011 06:07 AM
Over 10,000 competitors, 30,000 spectators and thousands of volunteers ventured to Houston to take part in the 2011 Summer National Senior Games, the largest multi-sport event in the world for adults 50+.
 
The games first began in St. Louis in 1987 and were named the National Senior Olympics.  Attendance has grown from 2,500 at inception to 10,100 in 2011.  Twenty sports from “A” to “V” are offered for competition.  The games are held every two years and a new city is selected to host the competition.
 
To compete in the games, athletes must first qualify within their sport at the state level.  Age group competition ranges in five year increments from 50+ thru 90+.  Gold, silver and bronze medals are awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers within each age group.  Ribbons are awarded for 4th thru 8th place.
 
Wisconsin was a top contender in tennis, sending twenty athletes to the national competition.  Our tennis athletes returned with six championships, a total of six gold medals and lots of ribbons. 
 
GOLD MEDAL WINNERS:
55 Women’s Singles: Debbie Burgess
65 Women’s Singles:  Sherry Ploor
55 Mixed Doubles:  Debbie Burgess & Ralph Felton
60 Mixed Doubles:  Sherry Ploor & Jim Siegel
 
The tennis competition was held in downtown Houston, indoors at the George R. Brown Convention Center.  Tennis athletes also enjoyed the opportunity to view basketball, volleyball, badminton, horseshoes, and table tennis competition at the convention center.  Each athlete demonstrated the power and resiliency of the human body and its competitive spirit.
 
The athlete village and dining venues provided wonderful opportunities to visit with  competitors in various sports from across the nation.  We shared personal stories as to how passion for sport and competition enriches our lives.
 
Sound like fun?  It was a blast. If you are interested in learning more about the games visit www.nsga.com  Perhaps you may know some of our 2011 Wisconsin tennis athletes and would like to hear about their Houston experience.  The Wisconsin athletes who competed in the 2011 Summer National Senior Games include:
 
Debbie Burgess, Judy Carlson, Gene Doberstein, Pam Evans, Mike Evans, Ralph Felton, Mary Hansen, Andrew Haynes, Donald Hoeppner, Troney Hutchins, Aquine Jackson, Patrick Jensen, Richard Naslund, Reza Pakroo, Sherry Ploor, Jim Siegel, Tom Sprague, Debbie Schweitzer, Roger Stafford, and Henry Thomas.
 
The Wisconsin Tennis Association offers lots of opportunities to help you qualify for the 2013 Summer National Senior Games in Cleveland, Ohio.  Start today by renewing your USTA membership, joining a USTA team, or playing in a local tournament.  Visit www.wisconsin.usta.com often!  Hope to see you in Cleveland!  The courts are waiting for you!! 
 
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