The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC


November 2, 2012

Local seniors fare well at state games

TARBORO — Senior athletes from Tarboro have completed a month-long quest in the North Carolina Senior Games State Finals, and have emerged victorious.

Seven seniors received medals in their qualifying events while in Raleigh the last week of September. The wins qualify them to compete in the National Senior Olympics to be held in Cleveland.

Tennis champ Bea Burnette won gold in singles tennis in her age group. Gordon Campbell, 92, qualified with first-place finishes in both the 100-meter dash and 1500-meter race walk. Shirley Mays earned silver in standing long jump and bronze in spin casting and the 1500-meter race walk. Reggie Moss received silver in spin casting, while Johnnie Faye Taylor took home silver in running and standing long jump.

“This year, we didn’t have any silver arts entries. This is the part of the program that we need to strengthen,” says Judith Moss, senior games ambassador. She did not compete this year because of a knee injury.

Proudly representing Tarboro in the state finals for corn hole and bocce was Earl Leggett, who won gold in his age group in the Oct. 9-10 competition in Clayton. Leggett also took home gold in softball throw, spin casting, billiards, and silver in football throw at the competition in Raleigh.

The team “Has Beens” took home the gold medal in the 75-79 year old category at the basketball tournament Oct. 19-20 at the East Carolina University student recreation center. Team members are James Haston, Billy Luther, Reggie Moss and Danny Sewell.

Along with participants in the games, Tarboro had a group of volunteers, many of whom have given their time at state finals for many years. Joe and Maggie Murray volunteered with the track events, offering water and encouragement for all the competitors. Other volunteers included Ann Corney, Maebelle Lawrence, Lillian Kirkland, Mattie Mooring, Opal Sills, Harry Ballard, and Debbie Owens. Mooring and Sills were also participants.

Qualifying for the 2013 State Finals will take place at the Down East Senior Games in May 2013 in Rocky Mount. For more information about the North Carolina Senior Games program, contact Morgan Whitehurst at the E.L. Roberson Center at 641-4263, or visit the website at North Carolina Senior Games is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing year round health promotion and education for adults 55 years and older.

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