A tradition for 19 years, the Camilia Rose Olympics for Seniors took place June 28 in the parking lot of the Camilia Rose Care Center in Coon Rapids.
Ten teams of seniors showed off their skills in basketball, golf, Frisbee toss and hockey to determine first-, second- and third-place winners.
But before the action started emcee, State Sen. John Hoffman, DFL-Champlin/Coon Rapids, got the seniors ready for competition.
“I’m pumped up and ready to go,” Hoffman said. “It look like it’s going to be a blast and a fun afternoon.”
The events took place simultaneously in a round-robin format with three players from each team taking part in each event.
In basketball, players sat in a wheelchair to shoot the basket, in golf they used a miniature putting green to try and hole a putt, for the Frisbee toss seniors aimed at a goal net with their Frisbee and in hockey, they used a plastic stick to shoot a plastic hockey puck at the net.
When all the points had been totaled, the Margaret Place Musketeers were winners of the first-place cash prize of $150.
In second place was a team from the Coon Rapids Senior Center, the Golden Raccoons, who took home $100.
“We have been training for this all year, building endurance and flexibility,” said Kris Niebler, Coon Rapids Senior Services program specialist, tongue in cheek.
The Ham Lake Senior Center Ham Lakers, winners of the 2012 event, were in third place and won $50.
Other teams taking part were Camilia Club Sugar and Spice, Camilia Rose Sparks, Select Senior Living Warriors I and Warriors II, Camilia Club Dream Catchers, Camilia Club Dreamers and DeMar/Eagle Street/Creekside Dynamos.
Following the competition, there was entertainment from Elvis in the form of tribute artist Anthony Shore, a native of London, England, who now lives in the Twin Cities and has won many awards for his work.
In addition, food and beverages were available and representatives from KleinBank served free root beer floats.
As well, Briana Blomgren painted faces for young and old alike.
Those attending the event include State Reps. Jim Abeler, R-Anoka, and Jerry Newton, DFL-Coon Rapids.
Sponsors were Camilia Rose Care Center, Mary T Inc., American Agency, Lakes Medi Van and Ace Solid Waste with help from the Walter C. Rasmussen Foundation.
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