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.
|Year||Location||Number of Athletes||Female Athlete of the Year||Male Athlete of the Year|
|1992||Bradenton||712||Not Selected||Not Selected|
|1993||Bradenton||928||Not Selected||Not Selected|
|1994*||Bradenton||1,764||Doris Prokopi, Land O’Lakes||Wayne Wakefield, Bradenton|
|1995||Kissimmee/St. Cloud||1,101||Mary Melehan, Englewood||Leonard Stone, Barefoot Bay|
|1996*||Kissimmee/St. Cloud||2,041||Hope Fage, Largo||F.L. McFadden, Lakeland|
|1997||Sarasota||1,440||Ethel Lehmann, Largo||Seymour Duckman, Daytona Beach|
|1998*||Sarasota||2,371||Lucia Schatteleyn, Englewood||Donald Ritenour, Belleview|
|1999||Kissimmee/St. Cloud||1,216||Patricia Bond, Bradenton||Gordon Johnson, Dundee|
|2000*||Kissimmee/St. Cloud||1,568||Erika Messner, Clermont||Al Treichel, Spring Hill|
|2001||Polk County||1,487||Sperry Rademaker, Floral City||Howard Hall, Port Charlotte|
|2002*||Polk County||2,037||Janice Lathouwers, The Villages||Allen Bjork, Sebring|
|2003||The Villages||2,387||Madelaine Cazel, The Villages||James Anderson, New Port Richey|
|2004*||The Villages||2,982||Lillian Webb, Sebring||Harry Carothers, Pinellas Park|
|2005||The Villages||2,575||Patricia Sargeant, Melbourne||Andy McGuffin, Umatilla|
|2006*||Lee County||2,062||Sari Kisbany, Redington Shores||Roger Gentilhomme, Dunedin|
|2007||Lee County||1,664||Claudette Braswell, Lake Wales||Larry Wallen, Jacksonville|
|2008*||Lee County||2,049||Suzy Nothhouse, Estero||Dean Davis, Fort Myers|
|2009||Lee County||1,857||Patrice Hirr, The Villages||John Shultz, Inverness|
|2010*||Lee County||2,239||Avis Vaught, The Villages||Richard Merrill, Lady Lake|
|2011||Polk County||1,850||Essie Faria, North Miami||Segismundo Pares, Ocala|
|2012*||Polk County||2,331||Linda Frisch, The Villages||James Richling, Port St. Lucie|
|2013||Lee County||1,946||Nina Hammer, Bonita Springs||Tom Bliss, Merritt Island|
|2014*||Lee County||2,418||Danuta Kubelik, Crystal River||Walt Deal, St. Peterburg|
|2015||Clearwater/Pinellas Co.||2,164||Janet Brown, Lakeland||Rudy Vazmina, Sarasota|
|2016*||Clearwater/Pinellas Co.||3,012||Kathy Petrillo, Jupiter||John Horwath, The Villages|
|2017||Clearwater/Pinellas Co.||1,928||Carol Teel, The Villages||Mike Welter, Cape Coral|
|2018*||Clearwater/Pinellas Co.||2,831||Deb Harrison, The Villages||Brian Hankerson, Hollywood|
|2019||Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County||1,800||Peggy Peck, The Villages||Ed Scheid, Bradenton|
|2020*||Alachua, Brevard, Orange, Pasco, Pinellas, & Polk counties||1,400||TBA||TBA|
For more information about the Florida Senior Games, visit http://www.floridaseniorgames.com.