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Posted on: July 7, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Pensacola area senior athletes competing in the 2015 National Senior Games

The biennial event begins Saturday, July 4 and concludes on Thursday, July 16 with over 10,000 athletes competing in 19 sports. Of the more than 400 Florida athletes, 11 are from the Pensacola area.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 30, 2015
Contact: Nick Gandy (850) 488-1422 or ngandy@flasports.com or
Del Moon, National Senior Games Association (225) 202-5719 or dmoon@nsga.com

TALLAHASSEE - The State of Florida continues its tradition of being well represented at the National Senior Games. Over 400 Florida senior athletes, age 50 and over, will compete at the 2015 National Senior Games in Bloomington/Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota.

The biennial event begins Saturday, July 4 and concludes on Thursday, July 16 with over 10,000 athletes competing in 19 sports. Two sports, Disc Golf and Judo, will be contested as Demonstration Sports.

Of the more than 400 athletes, 11 are from the Pensacola area. Among the 11 is bowler Lawrence Draeger, who is one of only four senior athletes to roll a perfect 300 game in the history of the Florida Senior Games. Draeger won a men’s doubles gold medal and a singles silver medal at the 2014 State Championships in the 75-79 age group.

The Florida athletes traveling to Minnesota qualified for the 2015 National Senior Games at the 2014 Florida International Senior Games & State Championships last December in Lee County. Since 2001, over 3,000 Florida athletes have travelled to the National Senior Games.

For more information about the 2015 National Senior Games and a complete schedule of events, visit http://www.nsga.com/2015-national-senior-games.aspx

Pensacola area athletes competing in the 2015 National Senior Games
Robert Veit, Pensacola, Bowling - Mens Doubles - 55-59
Lawrence Draeger, Pensacola, Bowling - Mens Doubles - 75-79
John Israel, Pensacola, Bowling - Mens Doubles - 55-59

Donald Dineen, Fort Walton Beach, Golf - Mens - 80-84

Johnnie Lucassen, Fort Walton Beach, Road Race - Mens - 5k - 75-79

Cheryl Trapnell, Fort Walton Beach, Softball - Womens - 50+
Elaine Wellem, Fort Walton Beach, Softball - Womens - 50+

Tanya Nelson, Gulf Breeze, Track & Field - Womens - Javelin - 70-74

Kathleen Mattes, Pensacola, Volleyball - Womens - 60+
Howard Stillwell, Navarre, Volleyball - Mens - 65+
Stacy McHugh, Pace, Volleyball - Womens - 60+

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