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Senior Olympics will kick off Saturday in Biloxi

COURTESY GWEN IMPSONVolleyball is one of several sports that will be featured in the Mississippi Senior Olympics.
COURTESY GWEN IMPSONVolleyball is one of several sports that will be featured in the Mississippi Senior Olympics.

The Mississippi Senior Olympics will get underway this weekend with a couple of events.

The triathlon will begin at 8 a.m. at the Tradition Family YMCA in Biloxi. Check-in for athletes is at 7:30 a.m.

Also on Saturday will be the disc (Frisbee) golf competition. It will begin at 9 a.m. at Hiller Park in Biloxi.

The triathlon and disc golf competitions are just two of several games that will be held across South Mississippi between Saturday and May 21. It is expected to bring in senior athletes from across the nation.

"Last year we had senior athletes from 12 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee and Texas," said Glenda Carter, registration coordinator. "That's impressive, considering 2015 was a non-qualifying year. Since this is a qualifying year, we expect an even greater participation."

The Senior Olympics will also feature pickleball, a sport that is becoming very popular with South Mississippi seniors.

April 15 is the deadline for registering to play pickleball.

The doubles competition in Biloxi is scheduled for Saturday, May 14. Singles will be held Sunday, May 15.

This tournament will qualify the top four Mississippi winners in each event and age category for the National Senior Games to be held in Birmingham in June 2017.

"This is a real opportunity, since there has never been a national event so close to home," events director Lucy Bickham said. "It will be great fun -- and you get a T-shirt. We need a big showing this year from the Coast since the Mississippi games are being held on our home turf. If you need help finding a partner, let us know. We will be happy to lend a hand finding you an excellent partner."

Registration is closed for those events taking place in April which include triathlon, Frisbee/disc golf, 10K road race, cycling, softball and 5K road race.

A celebration of the athletes will be held May 13 at the Biloxi Civic Center.

For more information on the games, call 223-4951 or go to www.msseniorolym.org.

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