DSO Athletes in the News
The DSO strives to encourage as many seniors as possible to achieve and maintain a year round healthy lifestyle through physical activity and exercise.
Wayne Saulsbury Strikes Again
“The National Horseshoe Pitchers Association" held its’ 2014 World Horseshoe Pitching Championships in Hamburg, which brought some 1,500 participants along with their friends and families to WNY. Sanctioned qualified pitchers came from all over the world to participate.
Our own Wayne Saulsbury came in 3rd!
Warner H. Schlaupitz
The flag flown in Warner's honor was the United states official flag and it was flown from the Dome of the capital building in Washington, D.C. This is where the U.S. flag is flown and it was flown on May 29 2013 in honor of his services to this Country during WWII. He was presented with the flag (mounted in a case) and a certificate of authenticity signed by members of Congress. The inscription on the certificate reads "This is to certify that the accompanying flag was flown over the United States Capital on May 29 2013.
At the request of the Honorable John C. Carney Jr. of Congress, this flag was flown for Warner H. Schlaupitz in recognition of his service in the Asiatic Pacific Theater in World War II.
Warner is a highly decorated vereran.
DSO runner, began running at age 87. Now at 88, he's breaking records. Read the article...
Special Olympics Delaware 5K Reindeer Run and Romp: Female winner – age group 65-69 – Marie Neaves 32:48.2
4 Delaware swimmers at the PA Senior Games on July 27.
Pictured from left to right are: Marie "Chris" Neaves, Karen Wallace, Maureen White, and Bernadette Antonioli.
DSO swimmers Participated in the Flowers Sea Swim on Grand Cayman Island
Three DSO swimmers participated in the 1 mile Flowers Sea Swim on Grand Cayman Island www.flowersseaswim.com. The race took place on Saturday, June 9th. 847 swimmers of all ages and abilities including about 12 former Olympians were at the start. They came from among others Australia, US, Barbados and many from the Cayman Islands.
Pictured are Karen Wallace, Marie (Chris) Neaves, and Maureen White before the race. All 3 did an outstanding job and finished in the top 45 % of all the swimmers. They had a wonderful time participating in the race and visiting the island.
Wayne Saulsbury - National Horseshoe Pitching Champion
Wayne Saulsbury, Delaware Senior Olympics Horseshoes Coordinator and Board Member, took the Men’s Class H-2 Championship at the National Horseshoe Pitching Association World Tournament. The Tournament was held in Monroe-West Monroe, Louisiana. Wayne’s friend, Harold Harget, encouraged Wayne to start attending the World Championships years ago. Harold recently passed away and Wayne, in his memory, used Harold’s horseshoes in the competition. At the podium, Wayne told the story of his friend Harold and said, “This one’s for you, Harold!”
Larry Binger Competed in the National Veterans Wheelchair Games
Larry competed in trap shooting, archery and bowling. This was Larry's 26th year!
Local Master Track Racer wins 2 National Championships and the BAR (Best All Around Rider) Award at 7-11 Velodrome
It was a great week for local racer, Jo Johnson and her quest for another Masters Track National Championship the week of July 23 at the 7-11 Velodrome track in Colorado Springs, CO. She competed in 6 different track events, some of which were new to her and came away with 4 podium places including 2 National Championships. She said it was tough, fun and exhilarating all at the same time. Jo races for The Bike Boutique/ Deep Blue race team based in Wilmington under the management of Randy Inglis.
The first race was a 15 lap mass start race called the Scratch race. And it was an opportunity to see what the women would do. It was fast as the local Colorado gals with Jo in there with them jumped out to a nice lead. They managed to lap some of the other riders with Jo coming in first in her age group. Afterward, she remarked "I am so glad I came out a few weeks ahead to acclimate to the 6000 ft elevation".
Over the next days she would race in the Sprint and Time trial events which she had not experienced before. It was evident immediately that the start of these races is critical to your success. And she knew there was really tough competition as 4 women in her age group were getting their bikes checked for compliance measurements as they were going for world records. And they were set and reset during those competitions. The Sprint events start with a qualifying Flying 200 meter time to be used to match you against others. it is then the best 2 out of 3 matched sprints against this competition to see if you move through the semis to the finals. There were so many different tactics used to play "cat and mouse" throughout the day of racing. Ultimately she came in 3rd in her age group and plans on racing these sprints again in upcoming Regional and District competitions in Trexlertown, PA. Her 4th place medal was earned in the 2K Time Trial Pursuit. This again was a race in which the start was important and then of course holding your pace steady and fast throughout the next 6 laps. It should be easy but it is not as the intensity is at your most highest level. Some of the women came to the event just to race in these TT efforts. They are specialists at this and during this week, several new world records were set.
Her second first place and National Championship came in the 30 lap Points race. This was very tough group of 55+ age group women from all over the country. There were gals from Seattle, Southern California, Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Wisconsin, New York and me from Delaware. It was also her 5th consecutive day of racing and it was beginning to show as she was starting to feel tired. With my coach, Kate Gracheck, there to instruct and encourage her at turn 4, Jo was able to stay on track and finish with the lead group. It was a struggle to stay on the wheel of another rider and they were able to share the lead with half lap pulls to end up finishing with the lead group. She said she was lucky to come in first in her age group and win the BAR Award, Best All Around Rider, by 2 points.
"It was an awesome week, I have been so fortunate to compete well but I have alot to learn and practice to keep up with these gals". You can bet I will be ready for next year at Major Taylor Velodrome in Indianapolis.
Next up, she will continue training and racing at the Valley Preferred Velodrome in Trexlertown, PA and compete in the Regional races mid August. In addition, she is the Race Director and Cycling Coordinator for the Delaware Senior Olympics 40+ Masters and Seniors Road Races in September in Smyrna and the Time Trials in October to be held in Dover Downs. For information on these events, contact Jo through the DSO office, 302-736-5698.
Senior Pool Players Head for Vegas to Compete in World’s Largest Amateur Event
The minimum age to compete in the APA is 21, so the Outcasts have been regularly competing against younger players. However, the group was not organized as a senior dream team to compete in the APA. In fact, it was a spur-of-the-moment decision which brought the group together less than two years ago. At the time some players had never played in either league, and a few had never even met each other. Also, while some Outcasts had played pool for half a century, others had only played a couple of years.
Nevertheless, this patchwork team of seniors has been racking up honors from the beginning. In four out of the five full sessions they have played in the APA, the Outcasts have qualified in regional tri annuals for the Delaware state team championships. In the summer of 2012, they suffered a heartbreaking defeat midway through the competition. This year their second double qualification netted a first round bye in the June 7-9 event. The Outcasts capitalized upon this advantage in their sprint to the final round and only loss.
Members of the Outcasts are neither strangers to competition nor fully retired. In July Wayne Saulsbury will be making his twelfth trip to the World Horseshoe Tournament where he has won first place in his class two times. He is also active on the board of the Delaware Senior Olympics. Joe “Wolfman” Thomas is a familiar face and record holder in the annals of World Punkin Chunkin. A shoulder injury derailed Larry Siple’s pro golf career, so he turned his competitive nature to the classic greens of pool tables. Diana Roche occasionally plays in bridge tournaments and is an adjunct faculty member at Del Tech. Ex-marine Del Morris raises alpacas and works as a school bus monitor.
In many respects the Outcasts are typical seniors. Most of them take medication for high blood pressure or diabetes. Last year there was one heart attack. In the past six months there have been two hospitalizations. One team member suffered two small strokes less than a week before the Delaware state team championships in June. Despite these health issues, the Outcasts have one of the highest handicap averages in their APA division. With a combination of strong table skills and life experiences as assets, the Outcasts are heading to Las Vegas in mid-August to make their mark in the world’s largest amateur pool event. Let’s wish them well on this journey!
For more information about the Delaware APA, contact Mark Gokey, League Operator, at (302)276-0332. For more information about the SDSBL, call Joe Mangini, League Operator at (302)383-3263.
Blue Chicks Softball Team
THESE CHICKS NOT BLUE, WIN 2012 SPA 65 AAA WORLD TITLE
Read the article on the Softball Players Association NewsSPA Softball News for Senior Softball Players website.
Bonnie Strang Attends Phillies Phantasy Camp
Bonnie Strang, DSO board member, attended the Phillies Phantasy Camp in Clearwater, FL. in January. The camp is one where fans get to play with the real big leaguers on the major league fields.This photo is of her first major league hit, the second is of her hit in Bright House Field.
Bonnie fielding. Great shot!
Harriet Mair Honored by the National Senior Softball Hall of Fame
Last year, Delaware Senior Olympics recognized this highly skilled woman with its 2011 Outstanding Athlete Award. Now, she is in the National Senior Softball Hall of Fame class of 2012!
Bill Moyer Voted President of the Newly Formed Inland Bays Foundation
Established as a 501(c)3 organization, their mission is “to advocate and promote the restoration of the Inland Bays watershed. The Inland Bays Foundation takes citizen advocacy to the next level. Read Coastal Point article.
Larry Pratt Keeps Racking up Discus Championships
Larry Pratt of Newark, won the discus in the 65 – 69 age group at the National Training Center Track & Field Classic in Clermont, Florida in 2011.
Pratt, one of three competitors in his age group, threw the discus 145 feet, 10 inches to win.
Larry has competed in World Masters Discus, Potomoc Valley Games, Huntsman and more.
Larry holds 3 standing DSO records for the Discus for age groups 55 – 59, 60 – 64 and 65 – 69. The 65 – 69 record of 143 ft 2 in. was set in 2010.
Larry is the Assistant Track & Field Coach at the University of Delaware. Read more about Larry's Masters throwing career.
Bill Moyer, DSO Gold Medal Winner in swimming, 65/69 bracket, breast stroke 50yd, 100yd & 200yd and the triathlon, was just elected to the Delaware Sports Hall of Fame. Bill is also on the DSO Board of Directors. Bill Moyer, Sports Coordinator for DSO's Triathlon event competed in the 2010 Greater Atlantic Multisport Series (GAMS) sponsored by Piranha Sports. Bill earned enough points in 2010 to come in second place overall of all age groups in the GAMS. Read the complete article.
Hugh Horning held a taidragger fly-in of some 12 planes at his place on the Eastern Shore, "Big Oak" in 2011 and is involved in the Delaware Aviation Hall of Fame annual Honors Banquet at the University of Delaware. Hugh is the president president of the DAHF.
Read the Vital Magazine article (reprint) regarding this member of DSO and the United Flying Octogenarians.