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Area Senior Olympics are put off

January 05, 2001

Area Senior Olympics are put off



By SCOTT BUTKI / Staff Writer


Plans to hold the first Western Maryland Senior Olympics in Hagerstown later this year have been put on hold, at least for about one year, Washington County Planning Director Robert Arch said Thursday.

The event for athletes 50 years of age and older had been scheduled for May 11-12.

The decision was made to put the event on hold after a committee that was organizing the event lost its main leader, said Arch and Washington County Commissioner Paul L. Swartz, both of whom are on the committee.

Another factor was that some sub-committees had not drawn enough members from among local residents, Arch said. Committee members wanted the first senior games to be held locally to be exceptional rather than do a rushed affair, he said.

The committee had been headed by Stacy McLeran, who had been county recreation manager. McLeran resigned to take a position outside Washington County.

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"The committee felt the manpower was such that we could not pull it off," Swartz said. "We just didn't have the bodies or the expertise."

The event, including softball and track competitions, had been expected to draw athletes from Washington, Allegany, Carroll, Frederick and Garrett counties.

There have been some local competitions for seniors, but nothing as comprehensive as this was expected to be, Arch said.

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