Hawaii veterans to compete in national Golden Age Games

Team Hawaii gears up at Tripler Army Medical Center
Team Hawaii gears up at Tripler Army Medical Center

Nearly a dozen Hawaii veterans will be heading to Arkansas later this month to participate in the 2014 National Veterans Golden Age Games.

Gayagas shows off his previous medals.
Gayagas proudly displays his medals.

The multi-event sports and recreational seniors’ competition program is open to Veterans Affairs patients over the age of 55.

From June 28 to July 2, 11 athletes from Hawaii will compete in more than 40 events, including archery, swimming, golf, air rifles and track and field.

Among them will be Ed Gayagas, president of Team Hawaii, who has competed in the last three games.

“I’m excited about it. I’m in the finest shape I could ever be,” he said. “Instead of therapeutic treatment, you’re actually motivating yourself to heal from whatever ailment you may have.”

The games, which began in 1985 in Albany, Ga., was designed to promote an active lifestyle among aging veterans, with and without disabilities.

Related Link: National Veterans Golden Age Games website

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