Final Senior Games see hundreds of competitors in Port Angeles; revamp of events in new format in the works
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Nancy Rotton of Seattle, 75, competes in the indoor rowing competition last week at the Port Angeles Senior Center. Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News

By Arwyn Rice
Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — The 10th and final Olympic Peninsula Senior Games only ended Sunday evening, but organizers are already planning for the competition’s replacements.

“It went really, really well, from the opening ceremonies on Friday to the awards ceremony on Sunday at The Landing mall. It was a perfect event,” D Bellamente, executive director of the Port Angeles Senior Center, said Monday.

The final tally of participants is expected to be complete today, Bellamente said.

There was a flurry of last-minute registrants for a few sports, she said, so the games’ list of participants may have exceeded 500.

“If not 500, we’re waving at it,” she said.

Results for the 2014 games — and all competitors in all games going back to the inaugural year — will be available today at the games’ website, http://tinyurl.com/PDN-Games.

Gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded to the first-, second- and third-place finishers by age group and gender unless otherwise stated in an individual sport’s description.

Medals were presented at the completion of each competition.

Any medals not received at the competition venue will be available for pickup at the senior center, 328 E. Seventh St.

The games’ traditional competitive athletic events included swimming, track and field, cycling, slow-pitch softball, bowling and basketball.

There were also horseshoes, pickleball, pinochle, shuffleboard and cornhole.

Three sports that have been a part of the games in the past — golf, tennis and horseshoes — were dropped from the 2014 senior games.

Senior center staff are working to start up the games’ replacement — a series of meets and tournaments to keep senior athletes busy year-round rather than on just one weekend, Bellamente said.

Bellamente said staff are working to contact local groups that organize athletic events in the same sports and hope to hold a pickleball or senior softball tournament soon.

Combining forces, she said, the senior center and local sports organizers can turn a small event into something special.

“We want to ratchet the whole thing up,” she said.

For more information, visit the website or phone the senior center at 360-457-7004.

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Reporter Arwyn Rice can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5070, or at arwyn.rice@peninsuladailynews.com.

Last modified: August 25. 2014 6:42PM
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