Iredell seniors headed to State Games in Raleigh
BY BRANDY TEMPLETON
Well wishes were abundant on Wednesday at the Statesville Fitness & Activity Center as seniors met to send off their friends to the North Carolina Senior Games in Raleigh.
Daniel Lewis, the athletics and aquatic director for the City of Statesville, enthusiastically spoke about the importance of the games.
“It’s a celebration of the human spirit,” he said. “It’s a chance for them to get together and enjoy each other.”
Every year, those 50 and older who qualify locally have the chance to participate in the State Games. This year, 21 seniors will represent Iredell County at the event.
Along with the athletic competitions, seniors also can participate in different arts categories such as photography, jewelry-making, writing, and performing arts.
If they do well, they have the chance to the national levels.
Richard Roland, 87, participated in the last national competition which was held in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
“I won two Silver medals in tennis,” he said.
Michael Shadroui, 67, will compete in the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash, and 1,500-meter race walk.
He was coaching middle school when someone approached him about participating in the senior games.
“I never thought about myself as being a senior,” he said. “But I just went to participate, and I loved it.”
Lewis is thankful for the age diversity of the group of 160 local seniors and wants to continue to grow the program. He realizes that most 50 year olds are still working but encourages them to come out.
“It’s all about getting to know people, growing, and getting to know more people,” he said.