EVENT: The 2020 Florida Senior Games is an Olympic-style competition for athletes age 50 and over. In its 29th year, the Florida Senior Games, is a program of the Florida Sports Foundation, the state’s lead organization in promoting and developing Florida’s sports industry and tourism opportunities.

COMPETITION DATES: Friday, December 5 through Sunday, December 13, 2020.

LOCATIONS: Competition for 21 sports and events will be held at 15 different sites throughout the state. Events will be hosted in Alachua, Brevard, Orange, Pasco, Pinellas and Polk counties.

EXPECTED TO COMPETE: Approximately 1,300 athletes age 50 and over are expected to compete in the 2020 Florida Senior Games. At the 2019 Florida Senior Games, athletes from 228 Florida cities, over 40 states and Canada competed.

ECONOMIC IMPACT: Since the 1999 Sunshine State Games and the Florida Senior Games State Championships transition to the Florida Sports Foundation, amateur sports opportunities have been provided for more than 500,000 athletes of all ages through the annual Olympic-style Sports Festivals.  The in-state Amateur Sports programs provide almost $10 million annually in economic impact to more than 30 local communities.

SPORTS OF THE FLORIDA SENIOR GAMES:  Senior athletes have the opportunity to compete in 22 sports at the 2020 Florida Senior Games.  Certain sports and events require a qualifying performance at a Florida Senior Games Series Qualifier while others have no qualifying standards and are open to all senior athletes wishing to participate.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Online registration was made available for competing athletes from early October until November 20, 2020.  The Table Tennis registration deadline is November 26 and the Archery registration deadline is December 1. ON-SITE REGISTRATION WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED FOR ANY SPORT. Registration fees vary by sport. Registration for pickleball is CLOSED.

AWARDS: One set of medals will be awarded to the top 3 finishers, and a fourth-place ribbon. Divisions with in-state and out of state athletes: In the event that out of state athlete(s) are competing in a division and finish in the top four, the out of state athlete will not take an award away from a Florida Athletes.  If an out of state athlete is a gold medal winner, then the next four finishers will receive gold, silver and bronze medals and ribbon.  If a division has out of state athlete(s) that do not finish in the top three, then only one set of medals will be awarded, since the out of state athlete did not affect the in-state athlete from placing.

NATIONAL SENIOR GAMES QUALIFYING: The 2020 Florida Senior Games IS A QUALIFIER for the 2021 National Senior Games being held in the Greater Fort Lauderdale area. A finishing performance in the TOP FOUR of an athletes’ respective sport and age group will qualify them for the 2021 National Games being held November 5-18, 2021 in the Greater Fort Lauderdale area.

PREVIOUS STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS: The following is a recap of previous Senior Games sites, number of competitors, and a list of those who were named the Outstanding Male and Female Athletes of the Year.  The Greater Fort Lauderdale Area is the eighth community to host the Florida Senior Games.

YearLocationNumber of AthletesFemale Athlete of the YearMale Athlete of the Year
1992Bradenton712Not SelectedNot Selected
Bradenton928Not SelectedNot Selected
1994*Bradenton1,764Doris Prokopi, Land O’LakesWayne Wakefield, Bradenton
1995Kissimmee/St. Cloud 1,101Mary Melehan, Englewood Leonard Stone, Barefoot Bay
1996*Kissimmee/St. Cloud 2,041Hope Fage, Largo F.L. McFadden, Lakeland
1997Sarasota1,440Ethel Lehmann, LargoSeymour Duckman, Daytona Beach
1998*Sarasota2,371Lucia Schatteleyn, Englewood Donald Ritenour, Belleview
1999Kissimmee/St. Cloud 1,216Patricia Bond, Bradenton Gordon Johnson, Dundee
2000*Kissimmee/St. Cloud 1,568Erika Messner, ClermontAl Treichel, Spring Hill
2001Polk County1,487Sperry Rademaker, Floral CityHoward Hall, Port Charlotte
2002*Polk County2,037Janice Lathouwers, The VillagesAllen Bjork, Sebring
2003The Villages2,387Madelaine Cazel, The VillagesJames Anderson, New Port Richey
2004*The Villages2,982Lillian Webb, SebringHarry Carothers, Pinellas Park
2005The Villages2,575Patricia Sargeant, MelbourneAndy McGuffin, Umatilla
2006*Lee County 2,062Sari Kisbany, Redington ShoresRoger Gentilhomme, Dunedin
2007Lee County 1,664Claudette Braswell, Lake WalesLarry Wallen, Jacksonville
2008*Lee County 2,049Suzy Nothhouse, EsteroDean Davis, Fort Myers
2009Lee County 1,857Patrice Hirr, The VillagesJohn Shultz, Inverness
2010*Lee County 2,239Avis Vaught, The VillagesRichard Merrill, Lady Lake
2011Polk County1,850Essie Faria, North MiamiSegismundo Pares, Ocala
2012*Polk County2,331Linda Frisch, The VillagesJames Richling, Port St. Lucie
2013Lee County 1,946Nina Hammer, Bonita SpringsTom Bliss, Merritt Island
2014*Lee County 2,418Danuta Kubelik, Crystal RiverWalt Deal, St. Peterburg
2015Clearwater/Pinellas Co.2,164Janet Brown, LakelandRudy Vazmina, Sarasota
2016*Clearwater/Pinellas Co.3,012Kathy Petrillo, JupiterJohn Horwath, The Villages
2017Clearwater/Pinellas Co.1,928Carol Teel, The VillagesMike Welter, Cape Coral
2018*Clearwater/Pinellas Co.2,831Deb Harrison, The VillagesBrian Hankerson, Hollywood
2019Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County1,800Peggy Peck, The VillagesEd Scheid, Bradenton
2020*Alachua, Brevard, Orange, Pasco, Pinellas, & Polk counties1,400TBATBA

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