Congrats to Mount Vernon Tennis Champions Bob Howe, Sharon Timmons and Bob Shellhouse!

Where do primed, polished and mature athletes go to strut their special skills? The Senior Olympics, of course! Mount Vernon tennis players Bob Howe and Sharon Timmons took on the competition and came out as mixed doubles champions at the 2015 Northern Virginia Senior Olympics, while Bob Shellhouse defended and maintained his title as champion in the men’s 80s singles division.

Health and Fitness at Every Age

Bob Shellhouse | MTVAC Member

Bob Shellhouse 80’s Singles Division Champion

The Northern Virginia Senior Olympics (NVSO) is a long standing tradition in the Washington D.C. area with the goal of spreading the word about the value of staying fit, even past the age of what many consider “peak ability.” Athletes must be 50 years old and a resident of a sponsoring northern Virginia jurisdiction to compete in a variety of sports including tennis, golf, track and field events and swimming. For those whose mental strategy outweighs their muscle, there are even competitions in Scrabble, bridge and Mexican dominoes.

“NVSO encourages ‘Living Healthy Longer,’ promoting healthy aging through both mental and physical activity.”  – David Jerome, Northern Virginia Senior Olympics Chair

Mount Vernon tennis doubles champions Bob Howe and Sharon Timmons

Sharon Timmons and Bob Howe doubles champions

The 2015 event took place September 12-25 primarily at the Wakefield Park and the Audrey Moore RECenter in Annandale, Virginia. 814 athletes competed in 2,034 events at 23 different local venues. This is a huge jump from the original event that started in 1982 with only 75 participants! New additions to 2015 featured nine ball pool and cornhole. A flat $12 registration fee covers multiple events (except golf and bowling, which have additional fees). The events are sponsored by the Northern Virginia Senior Olympic Committee and the Northern Virginia Parks and Recreation Departments.

Mount Vernon Tennis Programs for All

Think you have what it takes to be a Senior Olympic Champion like Bob Howe, Sharon Timmons and Bob Shellhouse? It’s never too early to train for 2016! Check out Mount Vernon tennis programs designed for players of all ages and abilities, plus special clinics, tournaments and fun social events.

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