CARTERET COUNTY, N.C. (WNCT) — One local community is working to keep their older citizens involved by getting them out and competing with one another.
The Carteret County Senior Games bring participants over the age of fifty together to compete in both athletic and community-based events like art, poetry, and photography competitions. This year, the games have a record high number of participants with more than 150 seniors taking part.
Senior Games participant Debby Paquin said the games have been a good way to get involved in the community and stay active.
“I’m trying to get more physically active,” said Paquin. “I do other dance fitness classes and I walk when I can. And when I saw a fun walk I thought ‘well why not?’”
Participant Molly Brush said they have created new friendships along the way.
“I met two new friends,” said Brush, “so this was cool for all of us.”
Darlene Austin, who coordinated the games, said this is the best turnout the games have gotten since 2003, and she hopes that number will continue to grow so more people can get involved.
“We had 66 new participants out of 152 this year,” said Austin. “So that’s a big jump. So we’re looking forward to them bringing some new participants again next year and maybe even make our numbers even bigger.”
The games close on May 4 with an awards dinner and dance to celebrate the participants.