Athletes "Age in Motion" at the 2017 Senior Games

27th annual Senior Games draw 681 athletes ages 50-101


The 27th annual Delaware County Senior Games, held June 12-23 at 13 separate venues across the county, were an overwhelming success with 681 participants ages 50 and older. The games featured ten days of competitive events, medal presentations, and inspiring performances from the participants, who perseveringly competed despite some hot, humid, and threatening weather. The culminating event for this year's Senior Games was a Winner's Circle reception July 5 at the Drexelbrook Corporate Events Center, where the athletes and volunteers celebrate the highlights of the two-week competition.

The Delaware County Senior Games are sponsored by Delaware County Council, the Department of Parks and Recreation, Destination Delco, and the County of Delaware Services for the Aging (COSA). The games are held yearly at the start of each summer and all residents aged 50 and older are encouraged to participate.

The theme for this year's games was "Age in Motion." The most popular events were Singles Bowling with 133 bowlers and Doubles Bowling with an astounding 135 bowlers each competing at Sproul Lanes in Springfield. 18-Hole Golf at Paxon Hollow Golf Club in Broomall fared as well with 120 golfers. Eight-seven athletes tested their skills in Bocce, a newly added competitive event. Of the 681 Senior Games participants, one individual was 101-years-old, 15 were 90-years-old or older, and 142 were in their 80s. Participants included 359 men and 322 women.

The oldest athlete, Sye Brandman, of Philadelphia is a young 101 years. Sye bowled the crowd over at Singles Bowling at Sproul Lanes in Springfield earing a silver medal. The oldest female athlete, Eleanor Burke, 90, of Media, competed in Bocce on opening day at Rose Tree Park in Media.

The games encourage Delaware County seniors to maintain a healthy level of mental and physical fitness through exercise and social activities with peers.

Residents can view event results and photos of the 2017 Delaware County Senior Games at www.delcoseniorgames.org.




Going for Gold!

Delaware County Council attended the Senior Games Winner's Circle Reception on July 5 at the Drexelbrook. The event is held to recognize the participants of the annual Delaware County Senior Games, created to keep older residents active and involved in the community. This year 681 athletes competed over the course of 10 days in games ranging from bowling, golfing, bocce and swimming. The oldest competitor this year was 101-year-old Sye Brandman of Philadelphia. Brandman competed in Singles Bowling earning a silver medal.

From left: bowling participants Mary McEneaney, Rita DeSanto, Council Vice Chair Colleen Morrone, Theresa Murphy, bowling participant, Mary DePaolo- Roach, bowling participant, Councilman John McBlain, Naomi Westerman, bowling participant, and Sye Brandman, oldest participant.