NH seniors come home winners from national gamesBy GRETCHEN M. GROSKY
New Hampshire Union Leader
July 02. 2017 11:19PM
NH National Senior Games medalistsGold
Thomas Diehl, Alexandria, 75-79 age group, Doubles Tennis
Buzz Gagne, Concord, 70-74 age group, Javelin
Manny Garcia, Deering, 50-54 age group, 100-meter dash, 50-meter dash
Mitch Milewski, Nashua, 75-79 age group, Racquetball
Stanley Moulton, Alton, 80-84 age group, 1500m race
William Corey, Rindge, 65-69 age group, Doubles Racquetball
Hiroyo Fisher, Candia, 65-69 age group, Doubles Tennis
Ann Henderson, Keene, 60-64 age group, Doubles Tennis
Real Levasseur, Hooksett, 65-69 age group, Archery (barebow recurve)
Tom Luther, Durham, 55-59 age group, Cycling race -20k, Cycling race-40k
Mitch Milewski, Nashua, 65-69 age group, Doubles Racquetball
Ronald Whitmore, Claremont, 75-79 age group, Triple Jump
William Wilson, Rye, 75-79 age group, Pickleball
Chuck Chokel, New Castle, 60-64 age group, Triathlon
William Swift, Amherst, 70-74 age group, Doubles Table Tennis
William Wilson, Rye, 75-79 age group, Doubles Pickleball
Several New Hampshire older athletes showed silver, gold and bronze at the National Senior Games held earlier this month.
Fourteen Granite Staters earned medals in several different events, including triathlon, racquetball, tennis, javelin, road race, track and field, and pickleball. More than 50 New Hampshire seniors competed in the Birmingham, Ala., games, which were held June 2 to 15.
“It’s a terrific testament to the skills of these competitors as well as all of the other New Hampshire athletes who competed in Birmingham,” said George Tossati, chairman of the New Hampshire Senior Games. “They really had a great showing for our state.”
One of those taking home gold was 83-year-old Stanley Moulton of Alton. He earned his gold in the 1500-meter dash, but also participated in the 800-meter, 5K race and 10K race. He said his 1500-meter time wasn’t so great at 8 minutes and 14 seconds, but said he was “more impressed with my time in the 5K,” which was just over 30 minutes.
He’s already looking toward the 2019 national games in Albuquerque, N.M., partly because he will be jumping up an age bracket in the competitions.
“When you’re the youngest one, you have an advantage,” Moulton said.
The National Senior Games are held every other year, bringing together more than 10,000 senior athletes to compete in their own Olympics-like games. New Hampshire Senior Games offers the same games here in the Granite State every summer.
The games are held across the state and recently kicked off with the annual horseshoe tournament held at Greeley Park in Nashua. Gloria Benjamin, 89, of Goffstown, won in the 85 to 89 singles division.
“You are able to meet the nicest people at the events,” said Benjamin, who also competes in pickleball and shuffleboard. “Sports really bring people together.”
The New Hampshire Senior Games are open to competitors 50 years and older.
To learn more or register for upcoming events, visit www.nhseniorgames.org.