Local Veterans return from Golden Age Games with honors - Martinsburg VA Medical Center
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Martinsburg VA Medical Center


Local Veterans return from Golden Age Games with honors

June 11, 2013

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. – The 12 local Veterans who participated in this year’s National Veterans Golden Age Games returned victorious to Martinsburg June 5 with 12 medals and two of the Games’ highest awards.

The following Veterans won medals and awards in the following categories:

Robert Sparkes:  2013 National Veterans Golden Age Games George Gangi Award for inspiration
Darren Yowell:  2013 National Veterans Golden Age Games Coach of the Year Award
Celestine Nelson: Gold Medal in quarter-mile cycling, Silver Medal in half-mile cycling and Bronze Medal in table tennis
Darrell Anderson: Gold Medal in horseshoes and Gold Medal in nine ball
Sandra Carroll:  Gold Medal in swimming freestyle 50 yard and Silver Medal in swimming freestyle 25 yard
Fred Wisner: Gold Medal in horseshoes
James Eells III:  Silver Medal in swimming freestyle 50 yard
Walter Mason:  Bronze Medal in air rifle
Pierce Smith:  Bronze Medal in croquet
Sylvester Smith:  Bronze Medal in shot put

Last year, Veterans from the medical center took home eight medals. This year’s group of athletes included four first-time victors – Nelson, Mason, Smith and Wisner. “The athletes representing Martinsburg won 12 medals total, including five gold medals,” said Darren Yowell, Golden Age Games coach. “It’s always amazing to see how fit and active these Veterans are who are in their 70s and 80s.”

The VA’s National Veterans Golden Age Games one of the largest senior sports programs in the nation. This multi-event competition is open to Veterans who receive their health care at a VA medical facility and who are 55 years of age and older. The VA Western New York Healthcare System in Buffalo, N.Y., hosted this year’s event.
To view photos of the local Veterans at this year’s National Golden Age Games, visit www.facebook.com/MVAMC.

The Martinsburg VA Medical Center mission is to honor America’s Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being. Located in West Virginia, the medical center offers a comprehensive range of services, including internal medicine, ambulatory surgery, audiology and speech pathology, dental, nursing home, nutrition, podiatry, prosthetics, women’s health, mental health, and rehabilitation medicine. With a service area of nearly 130,000 Veterans in West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, the medical center operates four VA-staffed Outpatient Clinics in Cumberland, Hagerstown, Fort Detrick, Md., and Stephens City, Va. and three contract clinics in Franklin and Petersburg, W.Va. and Harrisonburg, Va.