Oklahoma Senior Games welcomed three new board members this week, Mike Bell of El Reno, Jim McFadden of Tulsa and Adriene Allen of Indianapolis. All three bring to the board the perspective of an athlete and lives filled with decision making responsibilities in corporate America, the armed forces and, the school system.
Mike Bell has extensive medical background in the military, from Viet Nam to Desert Storm.
Mike served as hospital superintendent with the 137th tactical hospital and retired as Chief Master Sergeant. He coached track and field, wrestling and cross country for over 50 years and is the volunteer throws coach at Piedmont High School.
Since 2010, he has competed as a senior athlete in track and field. His passion is to develop the track and field program for seniors statewide.
Adriene Allen, also known as “Abby”, is a health and fitness coach for Golden Wings Health and Fitness in Indianapolis.
She began her career, after graduating from Central Connecticut University, in the insurance industry as a litigation examiner. In the corporate world she was director of operations for a car and truck dealership then worked as director of marketing for health care and rehabilitation centers.
Abby is a world ranked member of USA Masters Track and Field. She is ranked second in the world in the Masters 300m hurdles. She is a record-holder in the National Senior Games 400m dash.
Abby is dedicated to providing and promoting wellness programs for men and women over the age of 45. Her future endeavors are to educate communities on the benefits of lifestyle change and how to transition to a whole food diet and a daily fitness regimen.
Abby’s goals on the board are to make sure future games are adequately staffed with officials and volunteers and to encourage participation with an ethnically diverse population of athletes.
Abby participated in the 2019 Oklahoma Senior Games and will be moving to the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma area soon
Jim McFfadden was the Olympic coach for the country of Bahrain for the 1980 Olympics, head coach for the cross country team and assistant coach for the track team at Wesleyan College and Oklahoma State University. For the past 24 years he has been an art teacher and cross country and track and swim coach at Owasso High School.
He was all-American in cross country at Missouri State and ran in the 1964 Olympic trials marathon for the United States Army.
Jim continues to compete in running and walking events and has competed for the past 60 years. He held master’s record for every distance from the mile to the marathon.
He set state walking records for the mile, 3k, 5K and 10K and medaled several times at the national level in both running and walking events.
Jim holds a master’s degree in health and fitness. His passion is promoting fitness in senior athletes.
His coaching skills, organizing ability and personal experience as a senior athlete will help the Oklahoma Senior Games committee produce outstanding games.
Oklahoma Senior Games competitions occur annually in September and October. This year, competitions will be held in in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Shawnee, Norman, Yukon and Warr Acres.
Events include three-on-three basketball, track and field, golf, swimming, water walking, 5K and 10K runs, 5K power walk, 5K race walk, bowling, tennis, table tennis, golf croquet, shuffleboard, cycling, cornhole, badminton, archery, pickleball, racquetball, softball and triathlon.
Participants age 50 and older will compete in categories by age and gender.
Oklahoma Senior Games qualifies athletes for National Senior Games competition held every two years. About 300 athletes who qualify in 2020 will represent Oklahoma in the National Senior Games competition November 5-18, 2021 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
For more information visit www.okseniorgames.com or call (405) 821-1500.