Two senior living neighbors bring home medals to their community’s archery club from the 2013 National Senior Games. Jack Cason, 80, and Charlie Edwards, 94, are both residents of Greenspring, an Erickson Living community in Springfield, Va.
Cason is a veteran of the Senior Games, having first competed in 2005 and winning a Bronze medal. He didn’t compete in 2007, but he medaled (Silver) in 2009 and 2011 (Gold). He encouraged Edwards to join the Greenspring Archers club. Edwards had never picked up a bow and arrow until then.
Cason helped Edwards select his equipment and coached him on improving his technique. Six months later, Edwards competed in the Virginia qualifying competitions and, along with Cason, won a ticket to the national games.
Cason took home a Gold medal and Edwards won a Bronze in the compound release archery events for their age brackets.
As the competition wraps up, Long-Term Living’s editors have highlighted various events of the 2013 to give you a flavor of the games and the remarkable people that competed. Let your residents know when your state’s Senior Games will be held. Whether they are interested in swimming, track and field, cycling, archery or any of the 19 sports, it’s a great opportunity to get out there and change the perceptions of aging. The 2015 National Senior Games will be held in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.
Charlie Edwards qualified for the Senior Games archery just six months after buying his first compound release bow.
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