Senior World Games open Monday at Utah Tech; Hall of Famers, Opening Ceremony speaker named – St George News


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Dancers display flags from countries around the world draped over their arms during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Huntsman World Senior Games at Trailblazer Stadium in St. George, Utah on October 9, 2018 | Photo by Spencer Ricks, St. George News

ST. GEORGE- The Huntsman World Senior Games return to southern Utah next week, with events beginning Monday and continuing through October 15.

Participants in the Huntsman Senior World Games, date and place not specified | Photo courtesy of Huntsman Senior World Games, St. George News

Ahead of the annual event, organizers announced the World Senior Games Hall of Fame inductees and guest speaker during the opening ceremonies, which will take place at Greater Zion Stadium at 7 p.m. Monday.

According to a press release from the Senior World Games, the Hall of Fame “recognizes extraordinary men and women who exemplify the vision of the Games to foster peace, health and friendship around the world.”

“We are so proud to be associated with people like this year’s inductees,” CEO Kyle M Case said in the press release. “Each of them is an example of what the Games are all about. They are making active aging their lifestyle and we congratulate them. »

2022 Huntsman Senior World Games Hall of Fame inductees include:

Jim and Yvonne Hackenberg

Jim and Yvonne Hackenberg are arguably the winningest husband-wife pickleball duo to date. As a 12-year participant in the World Senior Huntsman Games, Yvonne has won 26 gold medals in Pickleball. She won nine of those medals in mixed doubles (eight with her husband Jim) and 17 women’s gold medals with her partner. Jim has been playing Pickleball at the Games for 11 years. During his competitive career, he won 23 gold medals. He has also given back to the sport and the Games on several occasions by participating as a sports referee.

Irina Hellwig

Hellwig has been passionate about sports medicine and table tennis all her life. His status as a Blue Badge referee allows him to participate in various table tennis tournaments around the world. She has participated in The Huntsman Senior World Games for 25 years as a competitor and referee.

Dick Johnson

Johnson is one of the most decorated players in Pickleball history. He has won 15 medals, including numerous gold medals, at The Huntsman Senior World Games for the past seven consecutive years. Additionally, he has won 230 medals in 116 other sanctioned tournaments in 17 different states.

Ronald D. Jones

Jones began competing at the Huntsman Senior World Games in 1997. He has competed in bridge, track and field, softball, mountain biking, and most recently, trail running. He won more than 50 medals in these different sports.

Maria Cristina ‘Kica’ Justice

Born in São Paulo, Brazil, Kica has always enjoyed playing sports. At the age of 35, after a break from the sport, Kica continued her volleyball journey in the Brazilian Masters program. Through this program, LaJusticia and many of his friends have competed in Brazil and abroad. She has participated in the Huntsman Senior World Games World Cup since 2007 as a player and manager of the Brazilian team. Under his leadership, his Brazilian team won a gold medal in 2011.

Fred Tamagawa

This year, Tamagawa celebrates its 30th year with the World Senior Huntsman Games. He spent his life practicing all kinds of sports. Tamagawa was heavily involved in senior softball, establishing a senior league in Salt Lake City. In 1997, he was inducted into the Utah Softball Hall of Fame.

Alice Tim

Tym had been inducted into several Halls of Fame as a player and coach. This year will be his 14e year competing in the Huntsman Senior World Games. She excelled in tennis, badminton, table tennis and pickleball, winning numerous medals in each of them at the Games.

The winners will be inducted into the Huntsman Senior World Games Hall of Fame on Wednesday at a special ceremony.

Olympic bobsledder Bill Shuffenhauer will be the guest speaker at the Huntsman Senior World Games Opening Ceremonies on Monday at Greater Zion Stadium in St. George | Photo courtesy of World Senior Games, St. George News

The opening ceremonies will take place Monday evening at Greater Zion Stadium on the campus of Utah Tech University. The parade of athletes will begin at 7:00 p.m. and the event will include an address by Olympic bobsleigh silver medalist Bill Shuffenhauer. A fireworks display will close the ceremony.

Admission is free and organizers are encouraging families to enjoy an evening of entertainment and inspiration, the press release says. A barbecue before the ceremonies will be free for the first 1,000 people to attend.

Schuffenhauer grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah. In 1992, he won the Junior National Championships while a student at Weber State University. He was a member of the 4-man bobsleigh team at the Salt Lake City Olympics. He and his teammates would go on to win the silver medal.

Click here to see the full schedule of events.

Click here to go to the Huntsman Senior World Games homepage.

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