The annual Huntsman World Senior Games were held, as it has been for the last 30 years, in St. George, Utah. These games are open to anyone 50 and older. This year there were participants in their 90s.
Many team and individual sporting events are highlighted such as tennis, softball, pickleball, golf, bowling and so many others. To find out more check the Huntsman World Senior Game website.
Archery is also represented in two events. The American round, which consists of participants shooting six arrows at 60 yards five times, six arrows at 50 yards five times and six arrows at 40 yards five times. This is a two day trial, and the archers all shoot at paper targets at the same time. The next event is also a two day trial where the contestants shoot at 3D animals at varying yardages, anywhere from 10-45 yards. The archers shoot two arrows at 28 different animals at a specific spot on the animal which determines their score. This event is a walk-around giving all plenty of exercise.
Dan Kolb, a 10 year resident of Sun Lakes, has been participating for four years. He is a world class archer, winning a silver medal in Oulu, Finland in 1991 at the First World Indoor Archery Championship, where the Americans swept the medals with Dan Kolb winning the Silver, a feat that has not been duplicated. Dan has to his credit multiple state and national awards, and has won the Vegas Shoot twice. He is also an accomplished hunter.
His dedication to the sport has also been evident in his earning him the title, and the work, of State Director for the National Field Archery Association for the State of Wyoming for 20 years, and then the Northwest Sectional Councilman for 10 years which included the states of Wyoming, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, and Montana.
This year the games were held the week of October 3-7. Dan won the first event in his age group and class, the American Round, with a score of 1737 out of 1800 possible winning the Gold. He duplicated his achievement by also winning the Gold in the 3D animal shoot with a score of 1056 out of 1120 possible in his age group and class.
He encourages and loves to share his sport. He also would encourage anyone who participates in a sport to consider attending the Senior Games. They are held each year in St. George, Utah, which has many attractions to offer besides participating in their chosen sport.
Next year the event will take place October 9-21, 2017. Registration can be done on line at: seniorgames.net.