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Seniors compete in "Olympic" games

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Many of them are already silver, but today they went for the gold!

"When you live in the nursing home a day out is good," said 91-year-old Nettie Mae Purvis.

A day for people in their golden years like Nettie Mae Purvis to talk with friends, get out into the sunshine and compete in the Senior Olympics.

"I think the most fun event for them was the race walking," said the co-organizer Barbara Evans. "We even had people that needed assistance walking that participated so that was just great."

The Olympic games were open to senior citizens from local nursing homes and any older folks who wanted to join in on the fun.

The Texas Agri-Life Extension Service and Councilman Jamie Smith sponsored the first senior Olympics... and co-organizer Barbara Evans wanted these competitors to know you're never too old to play.

"They were having a fantastic time here," said Evans. "Even more then I thought they would have and we had several event that were good for them."

From archery, to croquet, to horseshoes the seniors competed for the gold just like they would in the world Olympics.

And David Garrett took home a lot of gold.

"After participating and winning feels really good," said Garrett. "It was a lot of fun, really was, sure I'll come back again."

After the games were over the proud athletes cheered for each other's accomplishments and took a victory lap around the gym, lead by miss Nettie Mae.

"Sure a day out is always fun," said Purvis. "When you get to 91 years old, everyday is a special day."

About 80 seniors participated in today's Olympic games. Organizers found today such a success they want to make the senior Olympics a quarterly event, so these competitors can stay physically active.

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