Jacksonville seniors score big at Masters Games
More than 20 members of the Jacksonville Senior Center brought home some major hardware last month from the Masters Games of Alabama.

The non-profit Masters Games of Alabama, according to the organization’s website, has been “dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles for active adults age 50 and over through social, mental, and physical activities” for more than two decades.

Jacksonville competitors brought home a total of 35 gold, silver and bronze medals in such events as swimming, Nerf and Frisbee throws, table tennis, horseshoes and dominoes.

Sue Campeaux, who placed in nine separate events, took home the District IV All-star award for her accomplishments.

“Each year we have more seniors participating at the district level that advance to the state level,” said Senior Center Coordinator Wendy Thompson. “This is quite an accomplishment for our senior citzens; they work hard all year for these games at the state level.”

Mary Forster Jones won the District IV Golden Alumni Award for her dedication and support of the Masters Games in recent years.

Jones, 85, began participating in the Masters Games through the center in 2010. Thompson said Jones would wear her Masters Games T-shirt to practice every Thursday and encourage the other participants. “Now come on girls, you don’t want to get old—we must practice,” she would say, according to Thompson.

At the 2011 state games, Jones received a walking medal, and Thompson said she was certain that this year Jones would have gained enough strength to bring home one of the medals she encouraged her teammates to work so hard for. But Jones suffered a stroke earlier this year and is no longer able to attend the center since she lives now with her daughter in Atlanta. But her commitment to the center and the games is still strong.

“Mary still calls and sends cards; she is still encouraging our seniors to practice and win,” Thompson said. “She called prior to the district games, and we put her on speaker phone, and she said, ‘I will be looking for your pictures in The Jacksonville News, and I want to see all gold medals!’”

2012 Alabama Master Games Winners

(Seniors compete by age and gender in each event.)

Bill Sparrowhawk

1st place, Nerf Throw

1st place, Dominoes (doubles)

3rd place, Shuffleboard

3rd place, Table Tennis

Jane Sparrowhawk

1st place, Nerf Throw

1st place, Basketball Free Throws

1st place, Table Tennis

1st place, Dominoes (doubles)

Henry Campeaux

3rd place, Frisbee Throw

2nd place, Nerf Throw

Sue Campeaux

1st place, Frisbee Throw

1st place, Nerf Throw

1st place, Basketball Free Throws

1st place, Swimming (25-meter freestyle)

2nd place, Swimming (50-meter freestyle)

1st place, Swimming (100-meter freestyle)

2nd place, Swimming (25-meter backstroke)

2nd place, Swimming (50-meter backstroke)

1st place, Swimming (100-meter backstroke)

Stan Pritchett

2nd place, Frisbee Throw

James Boozer

1st place, Dominoes (singles)

1st place, Horseshoes

3rd place, Dominoes (doubles)

3rd place, Shuffleboard

3rd place, Basketball Free Throws

James Snow

3rd place, Dominoes (doubles)

2nd place, Frisbee Throw

2nd place, Basketball Free Throws

2nd Dominoes (singles)

Clarence McGinnis

2nd place, Nerf Throw

Sylvia Childs

2nd place, Nerf Throw

Charmaine Harris

2nd place, Nerf Throw

2nd place, Frisbee Throw

Estelle Lee

1st place, Nerf Throw

2nd place, Frisbee Throw

Robert Turner

3rd place, Table Tennis

2nd place, Horseshoes

The following participants also received walking awards:

Judy Williams, Debra Brown, Janice Clay, Theresa Curry , Kathleen Gamble, Charmaine Harris, Sylvia Childs, Johnnie Wilson, Lorraine Peavy, Estelle Lee, Clarence McGinnis, Stan Pritchett, Jonathan Steward, Elsie Adams, Sue Campeaux, Henry Campeaux, James Snow, James Boozer, Jane Sparrowhawk, Bill Sparrowhawk and Linda Turner.
© 2012