Get Ready… Get Set… Go… Woodbridge Township to Host 2008 New Jersey Senior Olympics

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by Mayor John McCormac

I am extremely proud to announce that Woodbridge Township has been selected to host and sponsor the 2008 New Jersey Senior Olympics which will be held on Sept. 12, 13 & 14. The Woodbridge Community Center and YMCA will be the central headquarters and main sporting venue for the upcoming senior competition.

Over the past several years, Woodbridge Township has become home to a significant and growing senior population which is more-and-more engaged in an active and physically fit lifestyle. The Senior Olympics embodies today’s senior athlete by featuring sporting events geared to senior-level competition. And, even before competition gets underway, every senior athlete is a winner just by staying in shape and participating in a routine physical fitness regimen. I am encouraging senior athletes from across the state to sign-up and participate in this year’s games.

The 2008 games will feature 15 sporting events and competitions where senior athletes 50 years of age and older – male and female – will compete for the Gold, Silver and Bronze in various age categories ranging from: 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70-74; 75-79; 80-84; 85-89; and 90+. The Olympic Games include sporting competition in Archery, Basketball (foul shooting/accuracy and ‘3 on 3’), Billiards, Bocce, Bowling, Cycling, Darts, Golf, Horseshoes, Racquetball, Team Softball, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis and Track & Field events. The New Jersey Senior Olympics is part of the National Senior Games Association which sponsors the National Senior Olympics and 2008 is a qualifying year for New Jersey Senior Olympians, which means that New Jersey medalists will have the opportunity to participate in the national games being held in San Francisco in the spring of 2009.

The New Jersey Senior Olympic Committee selected Woodbridge Township – the Crossroads of New Jersey – for its easy access to New Jersey’s major transportation network. The New Jersey Turnpike, Garden State Parkway, I-287 and Routes 440, 1 and 9 and 35, along with the Metro Park and downtown Woodbridge New Jersey Transit train stations, come together to make Woodbridge Township the ideal location in the center of the state.

Woodbridge Township offers senior athletes a true, world-class competition venue with sport and athletic facilities that include the YMCA at the Woodbridge Community Center, The Club at Woodbridge, the newly upgraded Woodbridge High School running track and event fields, well-appointed county and municipal parks, and excellent private venue facilities that include the Woodbridge Bowling Center and nearby golf courses – all of which make Woodbridge Township the ideal location for the senior games.

The YMCA at the Community Center and The Club at Woodbridge together provide a combination of multi-purpose recreational and sporting facilities, including a full-size gymnasium, Olympic-size swimming pool, roller skating rink, NHL-size ice skating and hockey rink, a wellness center, walking track, meeting rooms, and recreational and lounge areas.

The Opening Ceremonies for the 2008 Senior Olympic games will take place on Saturday, Sept 13 at 10:00 a.m. outside the Woodbridge Community Center. The ceremonies will highlight the nature of the games and competition, present the Senior Olympic torch and flame, and feature participants competing in each sport.
Senior athletes must register to compete in the various sporting events, games and competitions. To register or to obtain more information about the New Jersey Senior Olympic games contact the New Jersey Senior Olympics at 973-618-1111 or log-on to www.njso.us or www.twp.woodbridge.nj.us.


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