Isabelle Deardorff of Windsor Township, left, will be the torch bearer of this year’s York County Senior Games. She’s shown with her friend
Isabelle Deardorff of Windsor Township, left, will be the torch bearer of this year's York County Senior Games. She's shown with her friend Blandine Schriver during the 2012 games. (Submitted photo)

At 84 years old, Isabelle Deardorff is more active than many youngsters.

On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, she does water aerobics at the JCC. Except when it's nice out; then she goes golfing on Wednesdays. And on Tuesdays and Thursdays, she bowls with a senior bowling league.

"I try to keep moving," the Windsor Township resident said.

At this year's York County Senior Games for Yorkers age 50 and up, Deardorff will serve as the torch bearer and participate in 15 events, including all of the bowling games: singles, doubles and Wii.

Medals: The 13th annual Senior Games will feature 48 events and run from Sunday through Saturday. Participants who place first, second and third will receive gold, silver and bronze medals.

In her ninth year of participation, Deardorff already has a career full of hardware.

"One year I won nine medals," she said. "I could not believe it — that's the most I've ever gotten."

Back when she started in 2006, she only competed in two events, she said.

"I know I was afraid to do anything," Deardorff said. "I thought, 'No, I'm not gonna win that,' 'Should I try or shouldn't I?'"

Reunion: She said she got better and better each year, and now she calls her friends and tries to talk them into participating, she said.

"I enjoy (the games) because I can't wait to see some people I haven't seen for so long," Deardorff said.


She'll also be participating in bocce ball, mini golf, basketball events, the football throw and the softball throw. When she was starting out, her grandchildren would take her out to practice throwing the balls and shooting hoops, she said.

"My grandchildren really helped me a lot," she said.

This year, her goal is to earn six medals — and she doesn't plan on stopping anytime soon, she said.

The games: There are already about 500 people signed up for the games, said Jenny Nace, spokeswoman for the York County Area Agency on Aging, which organizes the event.

There are 97 participants registered from age 80 to 89 and 16 over the age of 90, she said.

The opening ceremony and closing celebration for the games will be free and open to the public. The opening ceremony will feature the parade of athletes and banners, the lighting of the torch and door prizes. It will be held at 8:30 a.m. Monday at Central York High School's soccer stadium, 601 Mundis Mill Road in Springettsbury Township.

The closing celebration will recognize medal winners and be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the school cafeteria.

People can still sign up for an event as long as it hasn't closed, although it's best to sign up as soon as possible, Nace said. To sign up, call 771-9001 or come out to the registration area at Central York High School beginning Sunday.

The registration fee to participate in an unlimited number of events is $15.

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