By Kyle Lovern
HUNTINGTON – Mingo County’s Kelly Miller recently won three more gold medals at the West Virginia Senior Games (WVSG) held in Huntington.
Miller, a longtime youth coach in the area, has done well the last few years in the games.
He won first place in the 50-meter race, 100-meter race and long jump again this year.
Miller also won the silver medal in the javelin throw and bronze in the triple jump.
He qualifies for the national competition.
Miller was pleased with his performance, even after suffering a leg injury while training. “I want to thank Derek Dalton of Rebound Physical Therapy in Chapmanville for helping me with my leg injury and getting me prepared for this year’s games,” Miller said.
“I hope to compete in the national games,” he added.
Miller, a longtime employee of Suddenlink, has won several gold medals in the WVSG.
The W.Va. games are affiliated with the National Senior Games Association (NSGA). The NSGA spearheads the senior games movement, sanctioning, and coordinating efforts in 50 states. A community-based member of the United States Olympic Committee, the NSGA serves as one of the USOC’s official arms to the senior population. The NSGA is a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles for seniors through education, fitness and sports.
The W. Va. Sr. Games follows the commitments of the NSGA by giving seniors the opportunity to achieve greater value and quality in their lives by staying healthy, active and fit. The Games offer opportunities to meet new people and provide fun, friendly competition.
St. Mary’s Medical Center is the presenting sponsor of the WVSG, with the cities of Huntington and Barboursville and numerous other sponsors providing support.
The WVSG take place at great venues such as Ritter Park, Barboursville Park, the Marshall Recreation Center and the Cam Henderson Center on the campus of Marshall University, the Phil Cline Center of the Huntington YMCA and downtown Huntington.
In the national event, seniors from several states compete in 18 different sports.
Sports offered will be golf, tennis, bowling, badminton, table tennis, shuffleboard, pickleball, racquetball, horseshoes, swimming, track and field, archery, 5K race, 10K cycling, basketball, volleyball and softball.
(Kyle Lovern is the Sports Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 304-235-4242, ext. 33 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)