San Diego Senior Olympicsadmin
What better way to have fun and stay fit than with a little healthy competition?
The San Diego Senior Olympics provide adults who are 50 years and older with a chance to participate in friendly competition in a wide range of sports. These games were originally held in 1988 and included more than 100 athletes competing in nine different sports. Over the years, the number of participants and sports included in the games have grown considerably. In the past five years, the San Diego Senior Olympics have included more than 5,400 athletes competing in 20 to 30 different sports.
The games are held in various locations throughout the San Diego area from August through October. Seniors who are at least 50 years old are welcome to join in the fun and compete for awards. The San Diego Senior Games Association presents ribbons and medals by age bracket in five-year ranges, such as 50-54 and 55-59. Athletes can participate in national and local sports individually or as part of a team. Sports that are offered range from fast-paced basketball and volleyball to slower-paced lawn games and billiards.
Highlights from Previous Senior Olympic Games in San Diego
The San Diego Senior Olympics have resulted in memorable events over the years. In 2012, Pickleball was one of the most popular sports played during the games. Athletes in several age brackets took home awards for Menâ€™s and Womenâ€™s Singles and Doubles, as well as Mixed Doubles. Some other notable sports included in the 2012 games were archery, darts, table tennis, and shooting.
In 2013, several board game competitions took place in checkers, chess, dominoes, chinese checkers, and scrabble. The Georgia Boys took home the gold in Menâ€™s Basketball for the 50-54 bracket that year, while the Golden Aztecs grabbed the gold in the 80+ bracket for the same sport. In Womenâ€™s Softball that year, 2nd Wind got the gold for the 50-54 bracket, and the California Express dominated the 60+ bracket.
In 2014, athletes competed in a variety of fitness activities, including standing broadjump, plank, jump rope, pushups, squats and jumping jacks. That same year, two athletes in their 90s won awards for Menâ€™s Handball. The Salty Sisters brought home the gold for Womenâ€™s Soccer in the 50-54 bracket, while the Goalden Girls got the gold in the 65+ bracket.
The 2015 San Diego Senior Olympics
This yearâ€™s games promise to offer as much fun, excitement, and friendly competition as previous years. Senior athletes can compete in over 20 different sports this year. Those who prefer team competitions can sign up for basketball, soccer, softball, or volleyball. Athletes who enjoy going solo can compete in swimming, track and field, archery, board games, golf, nordic walking, and fitness. For those who prefer a mix of singles and doubles, the olympics offers bocce ball, horseshoes, lawn bowling, pickleball, and tennis.
How to Join the Fun
Joining the San Diego Senior Olympics is quick and easy. If youâ€™re interested in being part of these exciting games, all you need to do is register online. The registration form requires you to fill out some basic information about yourself, as well as emergency contact information. Then, you can go through and select the sport or sports you would like to take part in. When youâ€™re done registering, you will receive an email confirmation, which you will need to bring with you to each event.
If youâ€™d like to play on a team, the Sports Commissioner assigned to that event can help you find one to join. If youâ€™re planning on playing in a Doubles competition and already have a partner, both of you should register as individuals and provide the partnerâ€™s name on the form. If you donâ€™t have a partner, the San Diego Senior Games Association will try to find one for you.
Keep in mind that when you register online before Aug. 15, you get an early bird discount of $35 plus event fees. After Aug. 15, there is an individual registration fee of $40 and smaller sport fees for each event. The smaller fees range from $2 to $45. Please be aware that registration for each sport closes about three weeks before the scheduled event date in order to allow enough time to get everything set up.
If you prefer to sign up via mail, you can send your information to the San Diego Senior Games Association. Your info will then be entered into the system, and you will receive a confirmation in the mail.
Have fun, stay healthy, and meet new friends at the San Diego Senior Olympics!