The Canandaigua VA Medical Center recently honored veterans who participated and won Olympic-style medals at the 32nd annual National Veterans Golden Age Games that were held in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The ceremony honored Ron Cavellier, of Byron; Alvin Dean, Donna Everett, Mark Knopp, John Mishock and Craig Reeves, of Canandaigua; Julius Olmeda, of Geneva; Doug Soel, of Honeoye; Richard Seils, of Penfield; Greg Disbrow, of Penn Yan; Robert Crouse, of Port Gibson; Edward Gould, Steve Snell and Cecil Young, of Rochester; James Redmond, of Stanley; and Randy Reynolds, of Williamson.
Cavellier earned silver in pickleball doubles, and placed sixth in the 25 breaststroke, seventh in the 50 freestyle and 13th in the 25 freestyle.
Crouse won bronze in badminton doubles, and placed sixth in golf and 12th in air rifle.
Dean earned bronze in badminton doubles and pickleball singles, won gold in three-on-three basketball, and placed fifth in air rifle.
Disbrow placed sixth in bowling, golf and 800-meter power walk.
Everett earned gold in horseshoes and air rifle, as well as silver in shuffleboard. She was the top overall female shooter this year with a score of 174.1.
Reynolds, the youngest to participate at 55 years old, competed in pickleball, shuffleboard and boccia.
Seils won gold in pickleball singles and silver in pickleball doubles. Soel placed 20th in 10K cycling and 24th in air rifle.
Snell placed ninth in 10K cycling and 13th in 25 freestyle.
In the air rifle competition, Gould placed 68th, Knopp took 10th, Mishock went 37th, Olmeda placed 22nd, Redmond earned 44th, Reeves took 24th and Young placed ninth.
The Department of Veterans Affairs hosts the Golden Age Games every year in cities across the U.S. The games are open to veterans ages 55 and older who use VA health care.
The games give veterans the opportunity to participate in individual and team sports, including swimming, bowling, cycling, basketball, golf and pickleball. Recreation therapists and sports enthusiasts, who volunteer to train the competitors, practice year-round with the veterans and select attendees to participate in games.
This year, 16 veterans ages 55-75 attended the games. The next games will be held June 5-10, 2019, in Anchorage, Alaska.