172 entrants compete in Yukon Senior Games

21st annual competition runs through Thursday

Yukon’s Tom Wooldridge aims for the 13-ball in the corner pocket during Yukon Senior Games’ billiards on April 11 at Spanish Cove Retirement Village in Yukon. Some 172 participants entered the week-long Olympic-style competition. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

Some 172 participants are competing in this week’s Yukon Senior Games.

Dozens of silver-haired athletes came to the City of Yukon’s Dale Robertson Center last Friday, April 8 for opening ceremonies featuring food, music and dancing.

Yukon’s Civilla Ball, who competes in the 90-plus age division, helped Yukon Parks & Recreation staff “ring the bell” to officially kick off the 21st Annual Yukon Senior Games.

Featured performer was Steve Crossley, who played his guitar while singing some classic tunes.

Yukon-area residents ages 50 years and above are welcome to compete in this Olympic-style competition features 30 events in 13 primary categories:

Archery, basketball, billiards, bowling, cornhole, fitness, golf, horseshoes, pickleball, table tennis, track and field, washer pitching, and creative arts.

Age divisions are: 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, and 90+.

First, second and third place finishers in each category earn awards.

“We’re excited to ‘re-introduce’ the Yukon Senior Games and get them back to where they’ve been in the past,” Yukon Parks & Recreation Director Chris Lucas said.

Events are both inside and outdoors.

Steve Crossley performs a classic tune to the delight of Yukon’s Eddie “Mac” McFadden and other participants who attended the Yukon Senior Games’ opening ceremonies on April 8 inside the Dale Robertson Center, 1200 Lakeshore. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)


Dale Robertson Center manager Casey Barnett leads Homer Cobb, of Yanda & Son Funeral Home, in a slow dance during opening ceremonies of the 21st annual Yukon Senior Games. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)

The Yukon Senior Games promotes physical health and social wellness among participants, Lucas added.

“This gives them an opportunity to scratch that competitive itch,” he said.

Yukon Senior Games’ event venues are the Dale Robertson Center, Jackie Cooper Gym, Yukon Community Center, Yukon City Park, Yukon Middle School Field, Spanish Cove Retirement Village, Archery Traditions, Surrey Hills Golf Club, and Heritage Lanes (Oklahoma City).

It’s not too late to join in the fun.

Tuesday’s program highlights are pickleball, basketball and golf.

Wednesday’s event schedule features more pickleball, along with fitness, washer pitching, cornhole, and horseshoes.

The 2022 Yukon Senior Games conclude this Thursday with table tennis and bowling.

Entry fee is $15 per person and $5 for each event. (There also are facility fees for golf and bowling)

For more information, e-mail Jessica Brodmerkel or Nick Rice at jbrodmerkel@yukonok.gov or nrice@yukonok.gov or call (405) 350-8937.

Yukon’s Bets Burger demonstrates her pool-shooting skills during the Yukon Senior Games’ billiards competition on April 11 inside Spanish Cove’s life-care retirement community. The 21st annual program features 30 events in 13 categories. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)