30th Annual Florida Senior Games Attracts over 1,900 athletes to Broward County
The 30th Annual Florida Senior Games featured 13 days of competition, December 4-12 and 16-19, with 21 sports in Broward, Highlands, Martin and Pinellas Counties.
Broward County hosted 19 sports at 13 different facilities. The 2021 Florida Senior Games presented a variety of sports contested on indoor and outdoor courts (Basketball Shooting, 3-on-3 Basketball, Racquetball, Shuffleboard and Tennis), on the roads (Cycling and Road Race) on the range (Archery), on the track and in the pool..
Over 1,900 athletes, age 50 and over, registered to compete in the 2021 Florida Senior Games, presented by Humana, in the Greater Fort Lauderdale area and other Florida locations.
Following is a sample of things that occurred at the 2021 Florida Senior Games, presented by Humana.
Lifetime Achievement Awards for competing in all Florida Senior Games decades (1992-2021)
With the Florida Senior Games now in its fourth decade of existence, a number of athletes were recognized at the 30th Annual Florida Senior Games for competing in the Games for all four decades. Their accomplishments are numerous over the years and the dedication to their sport is admirable.
John Shultz, Table Tennis, Lakeland
FIRST YEAR OF COMPETITION: 1993. Shultz holds the longest consecutive years medal winning streak in the Florida Senior Games with 29 consecutive years. Shultz began his win streak in 1993 playing in the 55-59 age group. He is now playing in the 85-59 age group.
Carol Jean Vosburgh, Cycling, St. Petersburg
FIRST YEAR OF COMPETITION: 1996, when she won silver medals in the 5K and 10K Time Trials, 50-54 age group.
Wendall Newton, Table Tennis, Melbourne
FIRST YEAR OF COMPETITION: 1996, when he won a bronze medal in the Men’s Singles 55-59 age group. Played with his son, Damon, in the Men’s Doubles 55-59 age group in 2021.
Myers Parrish, Archery, Sarasota
FIRST YEAR OF COMPETITION: 1997, winning a gold medal in the 55-59 age group of the Compound Release event. He competed in the 80-84 age group of the Compound Release event in 2021. Set the Compound Release records in the 60-64 age group in 2004 and the 65-69 age group in 2006.
Luigi Fabbri, Cycling, Hallandale Beach
FIRST YEAR OF COMPETITION: 1998, when he won a 5K Time Trials gold medal and 10K Time Trials silver medal in the 60-64 age group. Fabbri rode in the 20K Road Race in the 85-89 age group in 2021.
Harry Carothers, 3-on-3 Basketball, Basketball Shooting, Pinellas Park
FIRST YEAR OF COMPETITION: 1999 and has won 46 Basketball Shooting gold medals since. He has also played on numerous Clearwater Aces gold medal winning teams and has been a member of medal winning teams at the National Senior Games. Carothers is one of the top Senior Games three-point shooters in the U.S.
Ed Scheid, Golf, Sarasota
FIRST YEAR OF COMPETITION: 1999, when he won a bronze medal in the 55-59 age group. Scheid was named the 2019 Florida Senior Games Male Athlete of the Year.
Joe Johnston, Track and Field, Apopka
FIRST YEAR OF COMPETITION: 1999 and holds three pole vault records in the 55-59 age group (2001), 65-69 age group (2008) and 75-79 age group (2020). Had a pole vault of 12 feet, three inches in 2001.
Tim Austin, Archery, Gainesville
FIRST YEAR OF COMPETITION: 1994, when he won a silver medal in the Men’s Release 50-54 age group. He has served as the Archery Sport Director since 1992 and is the National Senior Games Archery Sport Director and directs archery competitions nationally and internationally.
By The Numbers on Saturday, December 11
Florida Senior Games athletes competing in the five sports, on Saturday, December 11, in the Greater Fort Lauderdale accounted for 650 of the over 1,800 athletes in the 2021 Games. Here’s some of their accomplishments.
- At the 5K Road Race, Power Walk and Race Walk that started the day at Vista View Park, the runners and walkers combined to run and walk 198.4 miles.
- The Track and Field athletes competing in the Field Events at the Ansin Sports Complex made 458 throws and 353 jumps.
- Women’s Volleyball players in action at the David Posnack Jewish Community Center played 19 matches, 40 games and scored 1,537 points.
- Swimmers in the pool at the Coral Springs Aquatic Center swam 1,592 laps (25 yards each) for a total of 39,800 yards, in nine events ranging from 50 to 400 yards.
- Finally, Bowlers on the lanes at Strikers Family Sports Complex, knocked down 44,922 pins in Men’s and Women’s Doubles, Mixed Doubles and Team competition.
- On top of all that 42 age group records were broken in Bowling, Road Race, Race Walk, Swimming and Track and Field.
For complete results from the 2021 Florida Senior Games, visit www.floridaseniorgames.com/results. For a listing of 2022 Florida Senior Games Local Series Qualifiers, visit www.floridaseniorgames.com/all-sports-schedule