Senior Games Draw 681 Athletes, Including 101-Year-Old Bowler

From left: Mary McEneaney, Rita DeSanto, Council Vice Chair Colleen Morrone, Theresa Murphy, Mary DePaolo-Roach, Councilman John McBlain, Naomi Westerman, and Sye Brandman.

The 27th Annual Delaware County Senior Games, held June 12-23 at 13 separate venues across the county, were an overwhelming success with 681 participants ages 50 and older.

The games featured 10 days of competitive events, medal presentations, and inspiring performances from the participants, who perseveringly competed despite some hot, humid, and threatening weather.

The culminating event for this year’s Senior Games was a Winner’s Circle reception July 5 at the Drexelbrook Corporate Events Center, where the athletes and volunteers celebrate the highlights of the two-week competition.

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The Delaware County Senior Games are sponsored by Delaware County Council, the Department of Parks and Recreation, Destination Delco, and the County of Delaware Services for the Aging (COSA). The games are held yearly at the start of each summer, and all residents aged 50 and older are encouraged to participate.

The theme for this year’s games was “Age in Motion.” The most popular events were Singles Bowling with 133 bowlers and Doubles Bowling with an astounding 135 bowlers, each competing at Sproul Lanes in Springfield. Eighteen-Hole Golf at Paxon Hollow Golf Club in Broomall fared as well with 120 golfers. Eighty-seven athletes tested their skills in Bocce, a newly added competitive event.

Of the 681 Senior Games participants, one individual was 101 years old, 15 were 90 years or older, and 142 were in their 80s. Participants included 359 men and 322 women.

The oldest athlete – Sye Brandman, 101, of Philadelphia – bowled the crowd over at Singles Bowling, earning a silver medal. The oldest female athlete – Eleanor Burke, 90, of Media – competed in Bocce on opening day at Rose Tree Park.

Click here to view event results and photos of the 2017 Delaware County Senior Games.

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