Nearly 700 Florida Senior Athletes, including a handful from Osceola County, will compete in the 2019 National Senior Games, to be held in Albuquerque, N.M., June 14-25.  The 2019 Games has broken a record with the most registered athletes in the organization’s history.

Among those, Kathrin Pennanen, the varsity softball coach at Liberty High School, is a member of a local team that qualified. Other county qualifiers:

Badminton, Lee McLaurin, Kissimmee; Pickleball, Erica Gonzalez, Poinciana; Swimming, Linda Fulton, Celebration, Denise Blaine, Kissimmee; Table Tennis, Hisae Senko, Kissimmee; Tennis, Jim Norfolk, Kissimmee, Thomas Waye, Poinciana and Kewhi Lee, Kissimmee.

 “The athletes traveling to the National Senior Games from Florida shows their dedication to having a better quality of life as they age,” said Marvin E. Green, Jr., Vice President of Amateur Sports & Events with the Florida Sports Foundation.  “Whether they are going to compete against the top athletes from around the country in their age group, or if they are going for an extended vacation to New Mexico and make new friends from other states, we are extremely proud of their efforts.”

With all 50 states represented, a total of 13,712 athletes will participate in the 2019 National Senior Games. Visit for information about the remaining 2019 Florida Senior Games local qualifying events and the 2019 Florida Senior Games, presented by Humana, to be held December 7-15 in Broward County.