N.Va. senior Olympiques prepare for two weeks of activities | news/arlington


Attendance at the 2022 Northern Virginia Senior Olympics will be 20% higher than last year, with the oldest entrant more than double the minimum age of 50.

A total of 831 people registered for the 40th annual competition, with opening ceremonies scheduled for Saturday, September 10 at 9:30 a.m. at the Thomas Jefferson Community Center in Arlington, followed by a track competition inside the establishment.

Until September 24, the competition will take place at 25 different venues, with participants taking part in more than 70 events.

“Pickleball, track and field and table tennis attracted the most registrations,” said Herb Levitan, who chairs the nonprofit organizing committee.

The most seasoned competitor is Vera Punke of Arlington, who signed up to play bridge in doubles. She is 107 years old.

The Northern Virginia Senior Olympics is sponsored by the county governments of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, Fauquier, and Prince William and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, and Falls Church, along with financial contributions from sponsors.

All events are open to the public; results will be posted on the organization’s website at www.nvso.us throughout the competition. The Northern Virginia Senior Olympics began in 1982 with just 75 participants.

Although canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic, it returned in fall 2021.

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