Pensacola Senior Games 

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The 2022 Pensacola Senior Games will be held September 9 - 23!

The City of Pensacola Parks and Recreation Department and Cigna are proud to present the Pensacola Senior Games. During the month of September each year, athletes age 50 and better can compete in 21 sporting events including bocce, horseshoes, bowling, darts, track and field, tennis, swimming, and more. Whether this is your first year to compete or you are a seasoned athlete, we are sure you’ll find an event just for you!

The Pensacola Senior Games is sanctioned by the Florida Sports Foundation and is a qualifier for the Florida Senior Games held at the end of each year in Broward County.

Gold, silver and bronze medals are awarded to each age group in each event. A closing ceremony complete with food, giveaways, and sponsor booths is held at the Bayview Senior Center from 4 to 6 p.m. on the last Sunday of the games to celebrate the accomplishments of all participants. 

Registration opens each July and participants can register at Vickrey Resource Center at 2130 Summit Blvd. The cost is $10 for your first event which includes registration, t-shirt, and admission to the closing ceremony. Each additional event costs $1. There are additional fees for golf and bowling. 

View the 2021 Pensacola Senior Games Results.

2022 SG Schedule

We are very excited to announce that some of our Pensacola Senior Game athletes will compete in the National Senior Games. Find out more about their efforts in the press release issued by the Florida Sports Foundation. 


May 2, 2022

Contact: Nick Gandy, (850) 322-3404 or

Northwest Florida to be Represented by over 40 Athletes Competing in the 2022 National Senior Games

TALLAHASSEE - The 2022 National Senior Games, presented by Humana, will be held in the Greater Fort Lauderdale Area, with over 12,000 athletes registered to compete.  Among those athletes are a total of 1,656 Florida Senior Games athletes competing in the 21 sports offered.

The Games begin on Tuesday, May 10 and conclude on Monday, May 23, with a Celebration of Athletes to be held on Monday, May 16.  The 2022 National Senior Games were originally scheduled for 2021, but were postponed until May, 2022, due to Covid-19 precautions in the Greater Fort Lauderdale area.

Athletes from every area of the state will represent the State of Florida including 47 from the Northwest Florida.  Among the 47 athletes traveling from Northwest Florida to Southeast Florida are nine bowlers who regularly compete in the annual Florida Senior Games. 

Lawrence Draeger, of Pensacola, who will bowl in all three events in the 80-84 age group, is one of only six bowlers to roll a perfect game in the 30-year history of the Florida Senior Games.  He accomplished the feat in 2011.  At the 2021 Florida Senior Games, Draeger won a Men’s Doubles gold medal in the 80-84 age group, a Mixed Doubles silver and placed fourth in Men’s Singles.  

Ginger Barbacovey, of Cantonment, will pair with Theda Hicks, of Pace in the Women’s Doubles 60-64 age group.  Barbacovey has won at least one gold medal every year since 2018 and paired with Hicks to win a silver medal in 2021 and the gold in 2018.

Pensacola’s Debra Whipkey, will be on the golf course in the 65-69 age group, looking to repeat her 2017 National Senior Games success, when she won the 60-64 age group gold medal.  Her three-day total of 255, for an average score of 85 per day, had her at the top of the leaderboard for all three rounds.


Northwest Florida Athletes competing in the 2022 National Senior Games, May 10-23, in Fort Lauderdale

Donald Hires, Archery - 80-84, Pensacola

Theodore Gorder, Beach Volleyball - 50+, Pensacola Beach

Paul Stupek, Beach Volleyball - 60+, Destin 

Dawn Stein, Beach Volleyball - 50+, Santa Rosa Beach

Stacy Ellsworth, Beach Volleyball - 50+, Panama City Beach

Mary Hegarty, Beach Volleyball - 55+, Pensacola Beach 


Ginger Barbacovey, Bowling – 60-64, Cantonment

Lawrence Draeger, Bowling – 80-84, Pensacola

Tom Armstrong, Bowling - 60+, Pensacola

John Israel, Bowling - 60-64, Pensacola

Robert Veit, Bowling - 60-64, Pensacola

Al Crockett, Bowling - 60-64, Pensacola

Ola Briggs, Bowling - 80-84, Milton 

Ben Eaton, Bowling - 85-89, Pensacola

Theda Hicks, Bowling - 65-69, Pace 


Herman White, Golf - Mens - 70-74, Pensacola

Joseph Murphy, Golf - Mens - 70-74, Cantonment

Donald Dineen, Golf - Mens - 90-94, Ft Walton Bch

Debra Whipkey, Golf - Womens - 65-69, Pensacola


Brian Majka, Pickleball - 55-59, Niceville

Don Payne, Pickleball - 60-64, Fort Walton Beach

Ray Braswell, Pickleball - 60-64, Destin

Dawn Stein, Pickleball - 55-59, Santa Rosa Beach

Luzzet Macdonald, Pickleball - 55-59, Lynn Haven

Carla Curtis, Pickleball - 55-59, Fort Walton Beach

Cheryl Majka, Pickleball - 55-59, Niceville


James Myers, Racquetb,all - 65-69, Gulf Breeze

Jerry Wickliffe, Racquetball - 70-74, Navarre


Alan Swigler, Road Race - 65-69, Lynn Haven

Jeanette Swigler, Road Race - 55-59, Lynn Haven


Cheryl Trapnell, Softball - Womens - 55+, Fort Walton Beach

Elaine Wellem, Softball - Womens - 55+, Ft Walton Beach

Margaret Carroll, Softball - Womens - 70+, Fl - Freeport


Cindy Holland, Swimming - Womens - 55-59, Inlet Beach


Steven Nelson, Tennis, Cycling - 55-59, Shalimar 

Kimberly Hopkins, Cycling, Tennis - 55-59, Shalimar

Catherine Sparacello, Tennis - 75-79, Miramar Beach


Tim Sullivan, Track & Field - 60-64, Shalimar

Bob Cooper, Track & Field - 60-64, Baker

Michael Werner, Track & Field - 80-84, Gulf Breeze

Mike Debrabant, Track & Field - 65-69, Pensacola

Karen Crahan, Track & Field - 70-74, Panama City Beach


Cindy Holland, Triathlon - Womens - 55-59, Inlet Beach


Carl Litzinger, Volleyball - Mens - 50+, Gulf Breeze

Jason Struck, Volleyball - Mens - 50+, Pensacola

Maria Lupton, Volleyball - Womens - 50+, Holley Navarre

Kathleen Mattes, Volleyball - Womens - 70+, Pensacola 


Since 2001, Over 7,000 Florida athletes have registered to compete in the National Senior Games.

Visit for a complete schedule of events taking place between May 10-23.

Florida Sports Foundation Sports Information Coordinator, Nick Gandy, will be in Fort Lauderdale at the National Senior Games from May 11-17.  Please feel free to contact him for athlete information during that time.

Pensacola Senior Games Golf - Debra Whipkey

2021 Pensacola Senior Game Results [PDF]