The athletic events of the Huntsman World Senior Games will officially begin tomorrow, October 7, 2019. But today, the Dixie Convention Center was filled to overflowing with senior athletes smiling in anticipation of the upcoming events. Over 2,800 athletes checked in with more to come over the next two weeks.
“The Huntsman World Senior Games keep me going,” said Jean Frost, a 91 year-old bowler from St. George, Utah. And she is not alone. More than 11,100 athletes have registered so far for the annual event and each one is driven to "keep going."
All athletes must check in and receive their athlete credentials. The ID badge not only proves age and other necessary requirements, but also acts as a ticket to get into the sport social that is such an important part of the Games.
“Year after year we hear the same story from our athletes. ‘I came the first time for the competition, but I keep coming back for the friendships.’ We want the competition to be great, but we also want to fulfill the social need that we all have as human beings. Our sport socials help us to do that. The athletes have a chance to get together, off the field of competition and just enjoy one another. They love it,” says Games CEO Kyle Case.
The following sports will be contested tomorrow:
Basketball - Women
Basketball Shoot - Women
Golf - Social
Road Races 10K
Softball - Men
The opening ceremonies will take place on Tuesday, October 8 at Trailblazer stadium on the campus of Dixie State University. The gates open at 6:00 p.m. Athletes who wish to participate in the parade of athletes should arrive at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:00 p.m. Three-time Olympic gold medalist, Leah Amico, will be the featured speaker along with singing and dancing, the cauldron lighting and fireworks. Athletes and residents are all invited to attend this free celebration.