With 24 table tennis events for Men and Women over the age of 50, the turn out for the 2016 Tennessee Senior Olympic Games on June 28 was stronger than ever, as it is the state qualifier for the 2017 National Senior Games in nearby Birmingham, Alabama!
The Greater Nashville District – home to the Newgy Robo-Pong headquarters – did quite well winning gold in 16 different events. Standing tall, Mr. Joe Newgarden swept his opponents to regain the Gold he had lost in an upset last year. Pairing with long time partner Bob Carpenter, Gold was achieved in the 85-90 Men’s Doubles.
Another shining star was Yiqing “Linda” Liu with Gold Medals in both the 50 – 54 Women’s Singles and 50-54 Mixed Doubles with Phil Yan. Silver medals were also achieved when she paired with Mary Walker in the 50-54 Women’s Doubles. The Gold Medalists – Dan Hua & YuQiong Pafford were also from the Greater Nashville District and practice often with Ms. Mary and Ms. Linda.
Even with several 3-way ties occurring for medal positions, finishing all the table tennis matches on time happened thanks to having 10 fully barriered courts at the spacious Academy Park Gym in Franklin, Tennessee. Many thanks to the volunteers, the Tennessee Senior Olympics staff and Mr. Alex Lim from the Williamson Co. Parks and Rec. department who made this event one of the best for the seniors of Tennessee.
See everyone in 2017 in Birmingham (Practice Hard!)
The Tennessee Senior Olympics, Inc. is a member of the National Senior Games Association, the largest sporting group in the United States. We are a 501c3 non-profiit organization endorsed by the Tennessee Recreation and Parks Association.
The Tennessee Senior Olympics began in 1981 with a mission that has continued for over 30 years- to promote healthy lifestyles for seniors through fitness, sports, and an active involvement in life. Our programs contribute to the vision of healthy, active, and vital senior adults.