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Delaware Senior Athlete Receives National Award

Three others given state recognition at Delaware Senior Olympics annual luncheon

DOVER, Delaware– The CEO of the National Senior Games Association (NSGA) came to the Delaware Senior Olympics (DSO) annual awards luncheon on November 5 to present its Personal Best Award to 77-year-old Georgia Billger of Rehoboth Beach. NSGA CEO Marc T. Riker was also the keynote speaker at the event, which was held at the Modern Maturity Center in Dover.

Billger, who has participated in state and national games for 16 years, was recognized not only for her active involvement, but also as an inspiration for persevering through heart and abdominal surgeries to continue to participate in DSO and the National Senior Games. A tennis prodigy as a teen, Billger found the rapidly-growing sport of pickleball as a senior and has helped recruit others to join in the active fun. She also served as the state’s pickleball co-coordinator for three years.

Since 2013, NSGA's Personal Best program has profiled athletes with wide-ranging stories that inspire and motivate people to pursue healthy, active lifestyles. Billger plans to compete in pickleball at the 2017 National Senior Games presented by Humana next June 2-15 in Birmingham, Alabama.

An in-depth interview feature about Billger and other athletes can be found on the Personal Best page at NSGA.com. "This recognition program is designed to send a message out to aging adults to 'get in the game' and get the most out of their lives," said Riker. "While we selected Georgia to feature, we know all senior athletes demonstrate that everyone can be their own personal best."

Three other athletes received annual DSO awards at the gathering: Bonnie Strang, Outstanding Athlete; Lynn Casey, Charlie Marten Memorial Award, and Ed Gawinski, Ray Wrede Lifetime Achievement Award.

NSGA is a nonprofit member of the United States Olympic Committee that promotes health and wellness for adults 50 and over through education, fitness and sport. NSGA governs the biennial National Senior Games and sanctions 53 member organizations across the country and Canada that host qualifying Senior Games or Senior Olympics to provide seniors with quality sports activity.

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Georgia Billger was presented a Personal Best Award by National Senior Games Association CEO Marc T. Riker (left), along with Delaware Senior Olympics President Paul Gatti.

CONTACT:    

Regional Media Contact:

Paul Gatti, President, Delaware Senior Olympics (302) 736-5698 / [email protected]

 

NSGA Media Director:

Del Moon (678) 549-4444 /  [email protected]

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