17th annual senior games wrap up

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Western Slope seniors put their skills to the test in the 17th annual senior games. They competed in sports like track and field, swimming, billiards and more.

It was a week full of competition for western slope seniors. Fifty-seven events kept more than 230 competitors busy, especially with one sport.

“Pickle ball is a sport that’s really taken off in this community and become a huge part of the senior games,” Lorie Gregor, recreations coordinator for Grand Junction parks and recreation, said.

This year 110 seniors participated in the pickle ball tournament.

“The fun thing about pickle ball is there’s something for everyone regardless of your skill level, and it’s fun and it’s addictive,” said Brenda Furnace, a participant.

For many of the players, the games give a chance to build relationships on and off the court.

“There’s another gal that’s from Colorado Springs that said 'I just love coming here and socializing.' I feel like that’s me, every time I come down, it’s like one big happy family,” Terry Doherty, a participant said.

The senior games have grown in Grand Junction, adding new sports each year. The newest addition this year was corn hole, and next year there will be more fun and games to choose from, including steel darts.

“I think we’re really going to add Frisbee golf in there as well because that’s quite a popular sport,” Gregor said.

Pickle ball wasn’t the only sport to seniors played this year. The games included archery dance and cards among other activities.

Western Slope seniors showed everyone age is just a number.

The 2018 games will be a week-long event starting on August 20.

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