If you’re an athlete, a veteran aged 55 or older and you currently receive healthcare at your local VA Medical Center, now is the time to start training for next year’s National Veterans Golden Age Games.
This national, multi-event senior’s competition was created to improve the quality of life for older veterans by promoting healthy living through fitness. The NVGAG is a beacon of the preventative and therapeutic value of sports, fitness and recreation.
Being physically active on a regular basis isn’t just for the young. It is clincally proven that older individuals that are physically active on a regular basis are live healthier lives, recover faster from injuries and maintain a higher quality of life.
The participants are separated into a wide range of age brackets, with a total of seven age categories for each event. (55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84 and 85 and up).
The competition provides the following events: swimming, cycling, golf, shot-put, discus, 10-meter air rifle, table tennis, dominoes, shuffleboard, horseshoes, nine-ball, bowling, checkers and croquet.
Cycling, bowling, horseshoes, shot put, discus, javelin and swimming are also separated by gender.
If you’re a veteran with visual impairment, or use a wheelchair for mobility, you can also compete in the Visually Impaired or Wheelchair divisions, respectively. These divisions allow participants to enjoy bowling, horseshoes, shuffleboard and golf.
Please note that all athletes must enter at least two but no more than four events, excluding exhibition events.
The NVGAG will be held May 31st through June 5th, 2012, in St. Louis, Missouri, and while registration is currently closed for this year’s event, you can still volunteer to help participants, or go to cheer on your fellow veterans.
A unique feature of the NVGAG is its “Wall of Heroes,” a display in which veteran participant’s pictures are placed for all to see.
Athletes should remember to bring the following items: clothes for layers, tennis shoes, hat, sunscreen, insect repellant swimsuit, umbrella, sunglasses, medication, personal identification and personal equipment (i.e., golf clubs, bowling ball).
You can find forms for the event at:
You may also visit your Veterans Affairs medical facility’s Voluntary or Recreation Service for more information and to download a copy of the 2012 registration package. The completed forms can be faxed to (314) 894-6114, or be mailed to the address below:
2012 National Veterans Golden Age Games
St. Louis VAMC
1 Jefferson Barracks Dr 128/JB
St. Louis, MO. 63125
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