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From the Beginning to the End

982 participants signed up for 2016 Northern Virginia Senior Olympics.

Nicholas Garito, Fairfax, shakes hands with his regular league bocce partner Henry Coletto after Coletto completes his bocce match in the 90-year old plus category in the Senior Olympics on Sept. 15. Garito says, “Henry turned 91 two weeks ago and instead of a cake I decided to celebrate with Oh Henry candy bars. I had to look all over to find them.” Colette says he put his in the freezer for the future. After the match they watch the other players and reminisce about the wars — World War II for Colette and Korean War for Garito.

Nicholas Garito, Fairfax, shakes hands with his regular league bocce partner Henry Coletto after Coletto completes his bocce match in the 90-year old plus category in the Senior Olympics on Sept. 15. Garito says, “Henry turned 91 two weeks ago and instead of a cake I decided to celebrate with Oh Henry candy bars. I had to look all over to find them.” Colette says he put his in the freezer for the future. After the match they watch the other players and reminisce about the wars — World War II for Colette and Korean War for Garito. Photo by Shirley Ruhe.

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The Northern Virginia Senior Olympics (NVSO) opened Sept. 10 and ran through Sept. 21 with another record registration of 918 participants. Saturday opening day ceremonies were followed by track and rowing events at Thomas Jefferson Community Center in Arlington and diving competition at Yorktown High School Aquatic Center.

Fifty events were held at 25 different venues across Northern Virginia including horseshoes and bocce at Fairfax Senior Center-Green Acres, field events at Stone Bridge High School Stadium, swimming at Claude Moore Recreation Center, tennis mixed doubles at Wakefield District Park and Wii Bowling at Greenspring Retirement Community Center in Springfield. There were two 100+ age group entries this year, Vera Punke from Arlington and Hilda Gross from Burke entered in the duplicate bridge competition held at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Arlington.