The Villages - January 2010 - (Page 18)

Florida Senior Games recognizes five female Villages athletes as most decorated gold medalists of the decade Florida’s Friendliest Hometown is filled with outstanding athletes who shine at the Florida Senior Games State Championships and bring home the gold. Madelaine “Tiny” Cazel, Deb Harrison, Dorothy “Babe” Hood, Corky Nydle and Ruth Paul are among the cream of the crop. This fab five were chosen as athletes of the decade for winning the most gold medals in their respective sports. The honor was announced by Florida Sports Foundation in December, prior to the 18th annual Florida Senior Games State Championships. The Florida Sports Foundation, the governing body of the state games, revealed that the Villagers are among 18 athletes throughout the Sunshine State who have been the most dominant in the last 10 years. Nick Gandy, director of communication for the Florida Sports Foundation, said The Villages had more gold medalist athletes of the decade than any other community. Lakeland came in second. “Residents in The Villages should be proud,” said Gandy, who credited The Villages recreation department for providing an abundance of sports and recreational activities. JANUARY 2010 Gold Galore! “Residents in The Villages are committed to very active lifestyles, and the recreation staff does a good job in providing programs, and we enjoy working in conjunction with them in the Senior Games.” John Rohan, director of recreation for The Villages, expressed pride in the accomplishments of Cazel, Harrison, Hood, Nydle and Paul in being named the state’s top gold medalists of the decade. “The entire recreation department is extremely proud of our Villages’ residents who received this recognition,” Rohan said. “It’s a true testament to the spirit that exists in our community: residents who embrace the active quality of life.”

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Villages - January 2010

The Villages - January 2010
Cardiac Care Continues Growth
Quest for Knowledge
The Best of the Decade
Sports and Recreation
Achieving Fitness Goals
Start the Day off Right
Brain Exercises
Shopping & Dining Guide
Business Briefs
Major Events

The Villages - January 2010