You could feel the excitement in the air as the first senior athletes arrived at the Broward County Convention Center to visit Athlete Check-In sponsored by Papa and pick up their credential and welcome bag.
Gina Bufe from St. Louis, Missouri, earned the honor of being the first athlete to check in for the 2022 National Senior Games presented by Humana. Gina is making the most of her time in Fort Lauderdale – she’s competing in the 55-60 age category for two medal sports – Racewalk and Table Tennis – AND two demonstration sports – Corn Hole and Powerwalk. She also volunteered to help other athletes check in today! As she put it, “I’m enjoying my senior experience.”
A collegiate gymnast, Gina was inspired to join the senior games movement after watching the London Olympics in 2012. She trained diligently and took home a gold medal at her first National Senior Games in 2015. Look for her at the Celebration of Athletes on May 16 serving as a flag-bearer for the Missouri state delegation.
P.S. Don’t forget, all athletes must check in at the convention center before their competition. View check-in hours here. We’ll see you soon!