Registration opens for Gulf Coast Senior Games in Manatee and Sarasota

December 25, 2012 

Registrationopens for Senior Games

MANATEE COUNTY -- Registration has begun for the 24th Annual Gulf Coast Senior Games, a series of athletic competitions held in Manatee and Sarasota counties Feb. 19-24.

Each year more than 400 athletes ages 50 and older compete in the Gulf Coast Senior Games. It is one of 19 regional qualifying events across Florida that determine participants in the statewide Senior Games to be held next December in Polk County.

Sixteen sports and competitions include golf, archery, shuffleboard , basketball, bocce, bowling, cribbage, cycling, golf, horseshoes, pickleball, racquetball, a 5K road race, swimming, table tennis, tennis and track and field.

"Senior Games continues to promote an active and healthy lifestyle for our participants. No matter what event you are competing in you will get an excellent mental and physical workout," said Scott Jalwan, Manatee Parks and Recreation supervisor and director of the Senior Games.

Registration fee is $12 and includes an event T-shirt. There is also a $3 fee for each event in which an athlete participates. The top five finishers in each event will advance to the Florida State Senior Games.

Participants can register by visiting www.mymanatee.org/parks and clicking on Register Now. Registration must be completed by Feb. 1.

For more information, call Jalwan at 941-742-5932, ext. 6023.

Have a coffee, learn about Guardian ad Litem

BRADENTON -- John Sakelaris, a representative of the Guardian ad Litem group for Manatee County, will be at Starbucks Coffee shop, 102 Manatee Ave. E., 10-11 a.m. Friday to answer questions and recruit volunteers. Guardians ad Litem are individuals appointed by the court to speak for, and advocate services for, under-age children who are living in foster care shelters and in need of assistance.

Free holiday grief support available from Hospice

MANATEE -- The holiday season can be a time of sadness instead of joy when you are grieving the death of a loved one or friend. There is help and hope available.

Tidewell Hospice offers grief support as a community service -- with no fee -- as part of its mission of helping people live well by providing care, comfort and compassion.

To learn more about grief support, call 941-552-7500.

-- Herald staff reports

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