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Hundreds compete in senior olympics

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Douglas- They may not be spring chickens, but they still know how to party.

"The whole purpose of the senior olympics is to promote wellness in our seniors, physical fitness," says event coordinator Kimberly Hobbs.

Nearly 700 senior adults gathered in Douglas for the Southeast Georgia Area Agency on Aging 2005 Olympic Games.

Participants displayed their creativity and sense of humor during the opening ceremonies banner walk.

"They put a lot of time and effort into that and they will receive a spirit award. the best senior center will get a spirit award for their spirt they showed us today," says Hobbs.

You may not see and gymnastics or track and field events here, but the seniors go head-to-head in checkers and horseshoes.

At 97, John Gray may be one of the oldest competitors. He says his horseshoe throwing technique is simple.

"Sling them out there, sling them out there," Gray says.

Seventy-three year old David Hall may not have won the softball throw, but he doesn't mind. He's just glad his fitness routine has paid off.

"I take exercise. I walk everyday. Sometimes I walk to Douglas. When I want to go anywhere I get out and go," says David Hall.

Eighty-five year old Grace Tomlinson was shocked when she sunk three of her five golf balls. She says the annual event is one of the highlights of her life.

"Oh I love it. I love it. I enjoy it every year we just have a ball," laughs Grace Tomlinson.

Trophies and medals are nice, but these athletes agree having the ability and strength to compete is the best reward of all.

The Southeast Georgia Area Agency on Aging provides services and programs to senior adults in 18 counties. This is the fourth year they've hosted the olympic games.

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