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Local seniors bring home gold and silver from games

Local seniors brought home medals from the North Carolina Senior Games State Finals and the National Senior Games.
ěWe did bring home gold, bronze and silver this year,î said Phyllis Loflin-Kluttz Rowan County Senior Games & SilverArts coordinator.
After building team sports for the last three years, the team arrived at Walnut Creek Softball complex in mid-September in Raleigh.
The teams were Salisbury/Rowan Senior Games Menís 65-plus and the Womenís 55-plus Oak Part Retirement team, which both carried home bronze medals.
The team was then off to independent sports held throughout Raleigh, Sept. 26-Oct. 2.
Medals were presented to the following:
Jim Epperson, Menís 70-74, 1500 Meter Race Walk, Silver
5K Race Walk, Gold
Floyd Lentz, Menís 85-89, Tennis Singles, Silver
Michael Shadrovie, Menís 55-59, 1500 Meter Race Walk, Bronze
Hazel Trexler-Campbell, Womenís 85-89, Bowling Singles, Gold
Discus Throw, Gold
Football Throw, Bronze
Running long jump, Silver
Shot Put, Gold
Softball Throw, Gold
Standing long jump, Gold
Bocce, Gold
Horseshoes, Gold
Table Tennis Singles, Bronze
David Zilkoski, Menís 55-59, Bowling Singles, Bronze
Celeste Wood, SilverArts, Literary Arts Poem, Silver
At this point, the team was off to East Carolina University for the 2011 N.C. State Finals basketball tournament.
The Humana Menís 55-59 played undefeated up until the final game. They won silver.
ěI could not be prouder of our Seniors of Rowan County,î Loflin-Kluttz said.
Rowan County also had local seniors competing in the National Senior Games held in Houston, Texas.
This year, the winners were:
Hazel Trexler-Campbell, Womenís 85-89, Horseshoes, Gold; Long Jump, Silver; Shot Put, Silver; Discus, Gold
David Zilkoski, Menís 55-59, Bowling singles, Silver
Senior Games is sponsored statewide by the North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services.
Salisbury/Rowan Senior Games is sponsored by: Gold level ó Genesis HealthCare of Salisbury, Humana MarketPoint, Oak Park Retirement; Silver Level ó Comfort Keepers of Salisbury, Rowan Regional Medical Center.
For more information on becoming a participant, volunteer or sponsor, please contact Phyllis Loflin-Kluttz, Senior Game & SilverArts coordinator at 704-216-7780 or the website www.rowanseniorgames.org.
Salisbury/Rowan Senior Games & SilverArts is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing year-round health promotion and education for adults 55 years of age and older.
Qualification for next yearís SilverArts is March 6-9, with the registration deadline on Feb. 20. Senior Games is April 16ńMay 10, with the registration deadline on April 1.

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