Woodbridge To Host NJ Senior Olympics

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The New Jersey Senior Olympic games arrive in Woodbridge on Sept. 6, 7 & 8, 2013.   Members of the Senior Olympic committee, Senior athletes, and competition volunteers announce the upcoming games from the Woodbridge Community Center (WCC).

The New Jersey Senior Olympic games arrive in Woodbridge on Sept. 6, 7 & 8. Members of the Senior Olympic committee, senior athletes, and competition volunteers announce the upcoming games from the Woodbridge Community Center (WCC). (Photo courtesy of Woodbridge Township)

WOODBRIDGE – Flanked by Senior Olympians and Olympic volunteers,  Mayor John E. McCormac and the New Jersey Senior Olympic Committee announced that Woodbridge Township will host the 2013 New Jersey Senior Olympic games and competition on Sept. 6, 7 & 8, 2013.

In announcing details of the upcoming 2013 New Jersey Senior Olympic games from the Woodbridge Community Center – the central headquarters and main sporting venue for the upcoming senior competition – Mayor McCormac said that the senior games track the goals of the “Mayor’s Wellness Campaign” which encourages Township residents, regardless of age, to engage in a healthy and fit lifestyle.

“I am extremely proud that Woodbridge Township has again been selected – for the seventh consecutive year – to host the annual New Jersey Senior Olympic games,” McCormac said. “Woodbridge Township and the State of New Jersey are home to a significant and growing senior population which is more-and-more engaged in an active and physically fit lifestyle. The New Jersey 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.”

McCormac and the Woodbridge Township Senior Olympic Committee announced a special incentive to encourage Woodbridge Township senior athletes to compete in the 2013 games – register by Aug. 23, and the Woodbridge Senior Olympic Committee and the Mayor’s Office will pay $20.00 toward the $25.00 General Registration fee – that means Woodbridge Senior athletes pay $5.00 to participate and compete in up to three Olympic events. To take advantage of this special offer, Woodbridge Township Senior Olympic registrants must obtain the 2013 General Information & Registration booklet – available at the Community Center, Mayor’s Office in Town Hall, or on-line at www.njseniorolympics.com. Complete the General Registration Form (you must be a Woodbridge Township resident with a Woodbridge Township mailing address) and forward the completed form along with a $5.00 check or money order payable to the NJSO/GSG.

Michael Garamella, executive director of the New Jersey Senior Olympic Committee, said that the 2013 New Jersey Senior Olympic games feature 19 sporting events and competitions where senior athletes 50 years of age and older – male and female – 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+.

Sporting competitions returning to the 2013 Olympic games include pickleball and miniature golf – senior athletes will also compete in Archery, Basketball (foul shooting/accuracy and ‘3 on 3’), Billiards, Bocce, Bowling, Cycling, Darts, Fencing, 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 alternate year national Senior Olympic games at venues across the country – the 2013 National Senior Olympic games will be held in Cleveland, Ohio (July 21 – Aug. 6, 2013.)

According to Councilman Gregg Ficarra, chairman of the Mayor’s Wellness Campaign, Woodbridge Township offers senior athletes a true, world-class competition venue with sport and athletic facilities that include the Woodbridge Community & Sports Center, The Skyline miniature golf center, the Arena’s roller and ice skating rinks, the Club at Woodbridge, the newly upgraded Woodbridge High School running track and event fields, well-appointed county and municipal parks and recreation areas, and excellent private venue facilities that include the Woodbridge Bowling Center and the Colonia Country Club – all of which make Woodbridge Township the ideal location for the senior games. The Woodbridge 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 2013 New Jersey Senior Olympic Games will take place on Saturday, Sept. 7 at 10 a.m. outside the Woodbridge Community Center. Olympic officials will detail the nature of the games and competition, present the Senior Olympic torch and flame, and introduce Olympians competing in each sport.

Senior athletes must register by Aug. 23 to compete in the various sporting events, games, and competitions. To register or to obtain more information about the 2013 New Jersey Senior Olympic games go to: www.njseniorolympics.com or the Woodbridge Township web page at: www.twp.woodbridge.nj.us; contact the New Jersey Senior Olympic Committee at: 973-618-1111; or contact Woodbridge Township Senior Olympic Chairpersons Pat Trombetta at 732-636-3910 or Frank St. Marie at 732- 636-9439.


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