David Shepard earned some hardware at the recent North Carolina State Senior Games. A resident of Black Mountain, he planned to compete in the Asheville-Buncombe Senior Games as a qualifier for state competition; but when COVID-19 forced cancellation of the local games and in-person state games, state level competition was held virtually. In this year’s statewide virtual games, Shepard earned 13 Gold, 4 Silver and 1 Bronze medal across events in 10 categories.
Approximately 850 athletes and artists participated in this year’s virtual State Finals, which included competition by age and gender for medals, a fitness raffle and the opportunity for fellowship with other participants statewide.
The Asheville-Buncombe Senior Games are produced by Asheville Parks & Recreation in partnership with the YMCA and Black Mountain Parks & Recreation. Local games are currently scheduled to be held in spring of 2021 and will serve as a qualifying event for the state finals next year.
For more information about North Carolina State Senior Games, visit www.ncseniorgames.org For information about Asheville Parks & Recreation, visit www.ashevillenc.gov/parks or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/APRCA