More seniors are coming out of the closet with their recent victories at the Huntsman World Senior Games in St. George, Utah.
Mal Menzies won a silver medal in 5 vs. 5 basketball (70-74 age bracket). The team wore Juneau Old (and Older) Timers’ jerseys but was from around the country and called themselves “Black Gold.”
Menzies also shot trap, winning gold in trap wobbles and a silver in trap doubles. In wobbles, an attempt to simulate hunting, clay pigeons come out high, low and sideways.
“In doubles two pigeons come out in different directions at one time,” Menzies said. “You try and shoot them both. The Juneau Gun Club does the sport here.”
Menzies has been attending the games for nine years.
Ron Hohman (70-74) won a silver in men’s doubles tennis, a silver in pickleball and two medals in basketball.
“I had a pretty good couple of weeks,” Hohman said.
Pickleball is played with a paddle larger than that in ping pong and a whiffle ball. It is on a smaller court than tennis but the net is similar.
“It was created out of Seattle,” Hohman said. “It is the most popular sport right now in the country. It is almost instantly fun. When people try it for the first time they are able to do well at it.”
Hohman lost in the pickleball championship 21-19 after leading 18-9.
“He was from Laguna Nigel,” Hohman said. “I was not used to playing in the heat and the sun. That is my best excuse. I should have beat him but I did not.”
Hohman will be playing in the National Pickleball Championships in Phoenix, Ariz. in November.
Hohman also took a bronze in basketball’s Hot Shot competition in which shots are taken from five positions at the three-point line, and a bronze in 5 vs. 5 basketball.
In table tennis, Bob Janes won a gold and silver.