Carrying The Torch

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March 07, 2012

Mississippi Senior Olympics 2012

You’re never too old to go for the gold. If you are age fifty or older and have always wanted to test your skill and endurance against some of the top athletes in the State or even the Nation, set your sights on the Olympics.

Mississippi Senior Olympics is a quality recreation experience whose mission is to promote and demonstrate the physical fitness, excellence and health of Mississippi’s mature adults. It also encourages seniors to improve the quality of their lives by continuing to be physically active through fitness and sports. Endorsed by the Mississippi Governor’s Commission on Physical Fitness and Sports and the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, the Mississippi Senior Olympics is the only event in the state sanctioned by the U. S. National Senior Olympics.

Participating in the Mississippi Senior Olympics (MSO) is a great way to meet people with similar interests, stay competitive and demonstrate your level of fitness. The State’s Olympic games, which are held every year, offer both individual and team sports, including archery, badminton, bowling, cycling, checkers, basketball, chess, golf, horseshoes, shuffleboard, swimming, tennis, table tennis, 5K run/walk, 10K run/walk, triathlon, all track and field events, pickleball (a new sport) and more.

Age groupings for the events are 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, 90 and over. Participants who place 1st through 4th in events during the games on even-numbered years, qualify for the National Senior Olympic games held during odd-numbered years.

This year’s Mississippi games will begin late in April and will qualify winners for the 2013 National Senior Olympic Games to be held in Cleveland, OH in July of next year. Since 2012 is a qualifying year, officials with the Mississippi Senior Olympics expect to have as many as 600 participants from around the state to vie for their chance to go on to the National games next year. If you are interested, check out the following schedule of events and start training now! You could find yourself on the way to competing with some of the State’s elite athletes and taking home the gold.

2012 Mississippi Senior Olympic Games

Tennis; Saturday, April 28 – Sunday, April 29; Brighton Park, Clinton, MS

Pistol & Rifle; Saturday, May 5; SW Gun Range, McComb, MS

MSO Week; Monday, April 23 – Saturday, April 28

Golf; Monday, April 23 – Tuesday, April 24; Lake Caroline Golf Course, Gludstack, MS

Cycling; Thursday, April 26; Mid Point Park, Raymond, MS

Track & Field; Friday, April 20 – Saturday, April 21; MS College, Clinton, MS

Basketball; Saturday, April 28; Baptist Healthplex, Clinton, MS

Registration begins on March 1. The registration fee this year will be $30. Forms and schedules can be mailed or downloaded from (additional information such as past Hall of Fame inductees and scores can also be found here).

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