Jim Shackelford’s archery history...
My parents were shooting when I was born and I have a patch from the 1958 Brown County Open. My parents were among the founders of Blackhawk Bowmen in the early 60’s in Yankeetown, Indiana. I began competing in 1963 and was the Indiana Field Archery Cub Champion (12 and under) in 1967. I continued to shoot until 1975 when I started college. After almost 40 years of not shooting, I returned to archery in 2014 shooting an Olympic Recurve. Since that time, I am the 2015 National Field Archery Champion and holder of the National Record for the Hunter Round in the Senior Division. I am the 2017, 60-64 defending National Senior Olympic Champion. I am a level 2 instructor and currently in the process of working with others to establish JOAD (Junior Olympic Archery Development) in Southwestern Indiana.
Terry and Linda Downey
Terry and Linda Downey met at a badminton tournament in Toledo, Ohio in 1995. One year later they were married, started their life together and began playing in badminton tournaments all over the country.
In 1997 Terry competed in his first National Senior Games in Tucson, Arizona. Linda first competed in the Nationals in Hampton Road, Virginia in 2003. Together they have participated and won medals in five Nationals.
In 2003, they met Kristin Hood, and that began their love affair with badminton in the Indiana Senior Games. They have enjoyed working with everyone involved in the badminton tournament especially the seniors who have played. They are looking forward to seeing you on May 20, 2019 in Evansville.
John has been playing disc golf professionally for over 30 years, but hasn't competed in a tournament for the last few years. In 2010, he also played in the Worlds, but unfortunately didn't win. The PDGA has different classifications for every age group and this year I moved to the "Legend" group as John will turn 70 next month. John helps to get the word out to increase participation in Disc Golf for the Indiana State Games 'senior' competition!
Gene Van Stone
Having hit his first golf ball at 14 months, Gene picked up the game seriously at age 13. Gene played four years of golf for FJ Reitz, winning the City Tournament and finishing 5th in the State tournament his senior year. Gene played four years for the University of Evansville, leading the team to a 2nd place finish his senior year in the conference tournament. Gene was an assistant pro at the French Lick Golf facility before entering into the teaching profession teaching math, physical education, and coaching golf at Harrison High School where the Girls won the state championship in the late 1980's.
Gene first participated in the National Senior Games in 2003 in Virginia, and has played in the National Senior Games in Pittsburgh, Louisville, Houston, and Cleveland, and plans on participating in the games in Albuquerque in the summer of 2019. Gene has been Coordinating Golf with the Indiana State Games since 2013 and the River City Games for many years prior.
Dick retired after working at Old National Bank in Investment Services. Dick started playing Pickleball in Evansville in 2011 and became know as the Pickleball Ambassador for Southern Indiana. Dick enjoys sharing the game and teaches Pickleball regularly. Dick was involved in getting Pickleball added as an event in the senior games when the Indiana State Games hosted for the first time in 2014.
Tom is a Retired Purdue Engineer. Tom worked for 30 years at ALCOA mostly in Production Line management. He started playing Pickleball in 2012 and then in 2013 began helping with tournaments and leagues. Tom has been helping the the Indiana State Games since 2014 - known as the bracket master.
Carl and Buffy Horstman
Carl and Buffy Horstman Jr., both compete in the Indiana State Games in Bowling, Shuffleboard, and Horseshoes. They got started by taking Pop Sr. to Nationals in 1995 at San Antonio.
Carl was able to participate in bowling in Baton Rouge in 2001. Buffy followed at Virginia Beach in 2003. Although, Pop always labeled us "the kids".
Competing in the games we've met a lot of new friends, locally and throughout the country. It's now not about the competition but about seeing old friends again.
Cindy and Ron Mills
Cindy and Ron Mills, coordinators for Indiana State Games Table Tennis event, have been involved in senior games for over 20 years. Formerly, Southwestern Indiana Regional Council on Aging (SWIRCA) hosted the games. Cindy was an accountant there and volunteered to help with table tennis. Her husband Ron also volunteered. They replaced Festus Mead, Jr., a National Table Tennis winner, when he was no longer able.
Others participating as scorekeepers/judges are Ruth Ann Goodman and Michael Townsend. They have also been involved for several years.
Lynn and Mark Zwilling
Vacancy - Contact Holly if you are interested in this prestigious opportunity!
John has been playing volleyball since 1974 (the birth year of his second son) and continues to play weekly. He has participated in National Senior tournaments from 2003 to the present. John has coached 8th grade volleyball in 1992, 93, 94, 98, 99 and 2002 as a volunteer (none of his children were on these teams). In his third year as an IHSAA volleyball official, it is also his third year as an USVA official and he has completed the necessary protocol training for those organizations.
Needless to say, John enjoy's volleyball.
Dave is a graduate from Ball State University where he learned to play volleyball and has continued to play since that time in USAV tournaments. Dave has enjoyed playing in the Senior Games and has participated in every National Event since Virginia Beach in 2003. He is currently on the board of the Hoosier Region USA Volleyball as a player & representative.