Gwinnett residents place at Senior Games

Five residents of Gwinnett County competed at the Summer National Senior Games in Houston from June 16-30 in bowling, horseshoes, and track and field.

The Summer National Senior Games is the largest multi-sport event in the world for people age 50 and older, and it serves as an umbrella for member state organizations across the country.

This year's competition drew 10,000 athletes from across the nation.

From Gwinnett County were David Gaddes of Snellville, who finished eighth in bowling; Bob Giselbach of Buford, who finished second in horseshoes; Eileen Giselbach of Buford, who finished first in horseshoes; Bud Kushman of Lilburn, who competed in bowling; and Alan Villavasso of Grayson, who finished eighth in bowling.

Linda Lowery of Decatur lives in DeKalb County but participated in the Gwinnett Senior Golden Games last spring.

In this year's event, she placed fourth in the 100-meter race, third in the high jump, second in the long jump and triple jump, and her relay team also won first place.

Villavasso is the local president for the senior games.

"Gwinnett County made a good showing at the national games this summer," stated Villavasso. "We hope to increase participation at the local level which could ultimately lead to more representation by Gwinnett County athletes at future games."

For more information, visit www.gwinnettseniorgames.org.