Countdown: 100 Days Before Senior Games 2009 Launch
MIDDELBURG, The Netherlands, June 1/PRNewswire/ — In exactly 100 days, the Senior Games 2009 start in the Province of
Zeeland. The first European edition of this international sports event for
people over fifty will take place September 7-12, 2009.
A 100 year old participant!
More than 1,500 participants have entered to participate in 22 sports
from the main programme of the Senior Games 2009. The oldest participant so
far is 100-year-old American Roger Gentilhomme. In September, he will be
vying for the Senior Games championship in tennis and bowling.
Several former national, European, and world champions have entered the
Senior Games, including former Olympic participant, world champion, and
multiple European champion of the triathlon and duathlon, Rob Barel. In
addition to the triathlon, this 51-year-old triathlete has also entered
mountain biking, track and field, and swimming competitions. “I think it will
all be great fun. Let’s see if I can relive the Olympic feeling from Sydney
again,” says Barel.
Four months before the kick-off of the Senior Games, the organization can
count on the participation of sportsmen and women from at least 23 different
countries. In addition to Dutch participants, European participants from
Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, Switzerland, Spain, Austria, Italy, Norway,
Russia, Turkey, Sweden, Denmark, Portugal, Slovenia, Estonia, Finland, and
Hungary have entered. Furthermore, there are participants from the United
States, Canada, New Zealand, Israel, and Uzbekistan.
Who wants to participate?
As many as 3,000 participants over fifty are expected to compete against
each other for the highest attainable goal in this sporting event.
Participants can enter for the disciplines from the main programme until
August 1, 2009, as long as these events have not been fully booked up. Go to www.seniorgames2009.com.
Recreational sports programme
At least 1,000 participants are expected to enter the recreational
The one-day to four-day cycling and walking tours are open to
participants of all ages. Special diving, Nordic walking and line dance
courses are offered to people over fifty. Entry for these sports closes on
Senior Games for everyone
A venue will be set up in Sportpunt Zeeland in Goes where there will be
several activities such as presentations, sports clinics, demonstrations,
live music, an international korfball match, the “WielerSportCultuur” exhibit
about the cycling sports culture, and a sports health forum. On Thursday
evening, the Celebration of the Athletes will be held. This is a party for
all sportsmen and sportswoman, their families, the volunteers, the sponsors
and other interested parties.
Source: Senior Games 2009
Should you have any questions, you may contact Ton Kienhuis +31-65-383-4816 or Enno Tjepkema +31-61-568-9961