Dorothy Gackstetter, of Graytown, was selected for induction into the Ohio Senior Olympics Hall of Fame at a ceremony held June 30 in Canton.
Gackstetter, 81, has collected numerous medals and awards in Senior Olympics events held across the Midwest. As a senior athlete, her events of choice include the discus, shot put, javelin and long jump. During a typical track and field meet, she also often finds the energy to race in the 100 meter and 200 meter dashes.
In local and regional Senior Olympics competitions, she frequently stands in the winners’ circle. In recent years at qualifying Ohio Senior Olympics Games, her times and distances have qualified her for the NSGA competitions.
Eighty-one year old Dorothy
“Competing is something I really enjoy, and the physical activity keeps me strong and healthy,” Gackstetter said.
Last week, she participated in the hog-calling contests at the Ottawa County Fair. She also plans to compete in the 2013 Summer National Senior Games, which will be held in Cleveland later this summer.
Senior Olympics began in 1979 in Ohio. Over the years, the games have grown, but the purpose remains the same – to promote healthy lifestyles and physical activity for Ohioans age 50 and older. Regional games are held each year at sites throughout the state. The state games are also held annually. In even-numbered years, the Ohio Senior Olympics State Games acts as a qualifying event for the National Senior Games, which are held in odd-numbered years.
Learn more at www.ohioseniorolympics.org.