Kearney hosts Nebraska Senior Games for 31st consecutive year
HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Seniors were able to get their competitive juices flowing today. Not high school or college seniors, but senior citizens.
For the 31st year in a row the Kearney Visitors Bureau and Kearney Parks and Recreation paired up to host the Nebraska Senior Games.
“Their physical and mental health is so important, and I just feel like this is an event that really encourages them to work towards the wellness of those areas,” Nebraska Senior Games Program Coordinator Jade Brown said.
Today was day three of four. The Games consist of 15 different events for people over the age of 50, with every participant splitting off into different age groups.
“Everybody, every level, is welcome here and there’s a spot for them,” Lincoln resident Darcy McBride said, who is competing for the 16th straight year. “That’s really fun.”
This year is a national qualifying year. Giving the most competitive athletes a chance to compete in Florida for Nationals in 2021.
Covid-19 shut down Senior Games in many other states, making this years Games in Nebraska a popular one.
“We mainly do the Iowa senior games but they didn’t have them this year, so we found out Nebraska had them and let out of state people come in which is fantastic,” Council Bluffs, Iowa resident Tom Kealy said.
Many of the athletes have competed year after year. For them, it has become a lot more than staying in shape or competing for first place.
“It’s fun to compete and win, you know winning never gets old,” Kealy said. “But just going to some of these meets you see these people maybe once or twice a year, they get to be good friends.”
“As a competitive swimmer you still train, and compete, and have those goals that you set for yourself,” McBride said. “But you come here and it’s the people, it’s the camaraderie, and i just love it.”
As the senior games motto goes, the most important thing isn’t to win, but to take part and have fun.
If you are interested in competing next year or learning more about the Nebraska Senior Games, you can visit their
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