Barnegat Man Is a ‘Can’t Miss’ at Senior Olympics

Sep 27, 2017

Larry Adamson didn’t participate in sports much as a youngster, but lately, as a New Jersey Senior Olympian, he’s been making up for lost time. The Barnegat Township resident recently participated in the Senior Games held in Woodbridge, the town where he lived before moving to Southern Ocean County three years ago.

Adamson, 65, took a gold medal in basketball foul shooting and field goal accuracy, and didn’t miss once in either competition. He was in the age 64 to 69 bracket.

“In foul shooting, I hit on all 20 attempts,” he said. “For field goal accuracy, you only take five shots, but the last one is from the top of the key, a three-pointer. After I made that last shot, I received several ‘high fives’ from my competitors who were watching the event. Needless to say, I was very elated! I thought, ‘Not bad for an old geezer from Heritage Point.’

This was his third appearance in the games. In 2015, he won a gold medal for bocce, and earned a silver medal for field goal accuracy and a bronze for foul shooting. Last year, he took a gold medal in foul shooting, as well as a silver in bocce and bronze in field goal accuracy.

“I did not have an athletic background,” he said. “When you’re one of seven kids being raised by a single father and grandparents, you grow up fast. You had to work and help out, so there wasn’t always a lot of time to go out and play.”

Adamson said the New Jersey games offer more than 20 events.

“You’ve got horseshoes and miniature golf, events that you’re not going to see in the real Olympic games,” Adamson said. “But you also have fencing, swimming and racquetball, which require more physical ability. The youngest competitors are 50, but I’ve heard some Senior Olympics have had people who have reached 100.”

A retired high school guidance director at Sayreville High School, Adamson said he encourages others from the area to participate.

“It seems like not many know about the Senior Olympics in South Jersey,” he said. “Most of the competitors are from north or central Jersey. I’m sure there are people living here who would love to compete. It’s mostly about having fun and enjoying good competition.”

— Eric Englund


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