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May 14, 2004

Douglas- Basketball toss and horseshoes are not your usual Olympic events, but then again these aren't you're usual athletes.

"I used to be good in ball games when I was young, but I'm so old now," laughs Willie Peavy.

Willie Peavy may be one of the oldest competitors, but at 97 years old he made sure he was in shape for the 2004 Southeast Georgia Senior Olympics.

"When my hips get a little tired I rub them down, and I twist and I just does me good," he says.

"Having fun is great, but it's real important for them as they age to be mobile, stay active," says Kimberly Hobbs, of Southeast Georgia Area Agency on Aging.

That's exactly why the agency designed the Senior Olympics. The low impact events challenge everything from their putting ability to their concentration level.

Leona Harden and Willie Thomas battled it out during an intense games of checkers.

"It's something to do because I'm not working. It's something to do and meet different people," says Thomas.

Making friends is may be high priority, but these seniors aren't afraid to share how it feels to win...

"Pretty good, pretty good," smiles Thomas.

... but win or lose they say their just glad they're still alive and able to compete.

The Southeast Georgia Senior Olympics are open to athletes 60 and older. This year competitors traveled to Douglas from 18 surrounding counties.

Posted at 4:00 PM by elaine.armstrong@walb.com