Huntsman World Senior Games to Run From October 8 - 20, 2012

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The Huntsman World Senior Games, the largest annual multi-sport event in the world for athletes age 50 and over, will begin on October 8, and run through October 20, 2012

Huntsman World Senior Games athletes gather each October from around the world for camaraderie and competition

Huntsman World Senior Games athletes gather each October from around the world for camaraderie and competition

The Games is a total experience. Each sport hosts an athlete social, where the participants have an opportunity to have a great meal and create new friendships and renew old ones off the field of competition.

The Huntsman World Senior Games have come a long way since that first year in 1987 when St. George, Utah, USA, welcomed a few hundred athletes competing in a handful of sports. From those humble beginnings, the Games have grown into the world’s largest annual multi-sport event for men and women ages 50 and better. The Games take place each October and are open to athletes of all skill levels.

In 2012, the Games will welcome approximately 10,000 athletes to St. George. Beginning on Monday, October 8, these participants fill up hotels, restaurants and main thoroughfares throughout the city as they enjoy the competition and camaraderie of what has become an annual tradition for many. All 50 of the United States of America are represented and athletes from more than 20 different countries will take the playing field. Since 1987, the Games have hosted 65 different countries at the event.

This year, the Games offer 27 different sports. From archery to volleyball, individual events to team sports, there is something for everyone.

“One of the unique things about the Games,” says Kyle M Case, CEO, “is that our divisions for the sports are based on age, and wherever possible, skill level as well. This makes the event more inclusive and allows for a legitimate chance at a medal.”

Part of the success of the Games is attributed to the philosophy founded in the early years of providing much more than just a sporting event.

“The Games is a total experience,” says Case. "Each sport hosts an athlete social where the participants have an opportunity to have a great meal and create new friendships and renew old ones off the field of competition. Other social events provide the opportunity for the athletes to socialize and enjoy themselves."

On Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 7:00 pm at the Dixie State College Hansen Stadium, the Games will officially welcome the athletes at the Grand Opening Ceremonies. Following the tradition of the Olympics, the Ceremonies features a Parade of Athletes, a Cauldron Lighting and singing and dancing along with fireworks.

Also featured this year is the Global-Cup – World Senior Volleyball Championships. This invitation only tournament will feature the very best men’s volleyball players in the world hailing from Canada, Russia, Switzerland and USA. The teams are made of former World and National Champions. The Global Cup takes place from Monday, October 15 through Thursday, October 18, 2012.

For additional information on the Games or any of its events, visit the web at http://www.seniorgames.net or call the Games office at 800-562-1268.

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