Aug 23, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorLander resident Marty Conrad has served this past year as the president of the Wyoming Senior Olympic State Games.
Conrad has been involved with the senior games the past eight years.
"We have a lot of people on the board that are going out recruiting members from different cities, and the media is playing a very important part in advertising the games," Conrad said.
The 60-year-old is in the 55- to 60-year-old division.
"Last year, we had a 92-year-old woman running the 100-meter dash," Conrad said. "It's amazing on how well these athletes train all year round." The 2012 Wyoming Senior Olympic State Games was Aug. 11 to Aug. 12 in Cheyenne.
"I like working with people," Conrad said. "At the same time, I know a lot of people. We have a good relationship with the people that represent those towns who are on the board." Conrad said the games this year drew a record 570 athletes.
"We have board members throughout the state that put on the Olympics," Conrad said. "I have people that coordinate the games in each of the events."
Conrad's speciality is on the tennis courts. Conrad is a member of the Riverton and Lander tennis clubs. The games next year will be in Casper.
"I try to be competitive," Conrad said. "I try to stay in some type of shape by playing tennis or running track or playing basketball."
Going to Nationals
Riverton resident Roger Gose stepped outside of the state and was in the Rocky Mountain Senior Games in late June in Colorado.
"That is the Colorado games, and I did well there," Gose said.
Gose's events were the 50-meter, 100-meter, 200-meter and 400-meter. Gose is in the 70- to 74-year-old age division.
In Cheyenne, Gose was in the same events in track and field.
"I was happy with the times," Gose said.
Gose qualified for nationals, which will be in Cleveland, Ohio, in June 2013.
"The medals are not that important to me, but what is important is to continue to get competitive times," Gose said.
His times in the 100-meter were 15.1 and 32.32 in the 200-meter.
"To be really competitive, you have to have good times," Gose said. "Nationals is a big deal."
Fremont County athlete Scott Morrow also took part in track and field events.
Riverton's Wayne Oberding finished his first Senior Games in Cheyenne.
"I did it because I like the challenge," the 70-year-old swimmer and biker said. "It was great to work out and stay healthy and keep in shape."
Oberding was in a number of swimming events and two cycling races.
"I really enjoy swimming," Oberding said. "It's a great pastime." Oberding said the toughest swimming event was the 200-yard freestyle.
"It was a struggle, but I did it," Oberding said.
Oberding said earlier this year he did a cross country bike trip. He started in Oregon and finished in Missouri.
"It was 1,500 to 1,600 miles," Oberding said. "It took about five weeks."
In Cheyenne, Oberding took a silver in the 20k road race and a bronze medal in the 40k road race.
Sallie Wesaw is the veteran of the Fremont County group. Wesaw, 78, has participated in a number of senior games.
"I'm very excited to be in the games," Wesaw said.
Wesaw has been doing the games since 1989. Wesaw was in track and field and swimming events.
John Bailey, 69, of Riverton, won gold medals in the leg press and in the arm curls.
"I like to be a competitive person," Bailey said. "I'm always very competitive in everything that I do. This year, I hurt a shoulder, and I wasn't able to be in the shot put."Bailey leg pressed 760 pounds and 115 pounds in the curls.
"There wasn't anybody that even come close to me," Bailey said. "They turned their eyes."
athletes in Senior Games
Roger Gose -- 50-meter run, gold; 100-meter, gold; 200-meter, gold; 400-meter, gold.
John Bailey -- leg press, gold; arm curls, gold.
Sallie Wesaw --- javelin, gold; softball throw, gold; Frisbee throw, gold; discus, silver; shot put, silver; 50 backstroke, gold; 25 butterfly, gold; 100 freestyle, gold; 200 backstroke, gold; 25 backstroke, gold; 100 individual medley, gold; 25 freestyle, gold; 50 butterfly, gold; 100 backstroke, gold.
Marty Conrad -- 100-meter run, gold; basketball, 3-point, gold; free throw, gold; softball throw, gold; tennis, silver.
Wayne Oberding -- 50 freestyle, gold; 50 backstroke, gold; 50 breaststroke, gold; 100 freestyle, gold; 100 backstroke, gold; 100 breaststroke , gold; 200 freestyle, gold; 20k road race, silver; 40k road race, bronze.
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