The Vermont Senior Games Association is a member in good standing of the National Senior Games Association. VSGA hosts year-round sports and fitness competitions in over 20 sports. The Mission of VSGA is “to promote healthy lifestyles for adults 50+ by providing high quality Sport competitions and the opportunity to qualify for the National Senior Games.”
The VSGA Board is responsible for:
- All Senior Games Competitions conducted in the State of Vermont
- Insuring National Rules are adhered to for each game and that all Sports Coordinators are aware of the rules and follow them accordingly.
- Reviewing and Reporting the results for each game including reporting to “NSGA” in qualifying years.
If you’re interested in becoming a board member, download the application.
Vermont is open to participants from any state. Overall medal winners can be from other states but cannot displace a Vermont resident.
Every game has a Sports Coordinator who is responsible for:
- supervising all the on-site activities
- assuring that rules and regulations are followed
- authenticating and reporting of game day results
- representing VSGA in any disputes on game day.
If the Game is more complex or has larger attendance, a Meet Director may also work with the Sports Coordinator.
The VSGA is supported by game registration fees received from participants of the competitive Senior Games.
In addition, the VSGA receives funding from our sponsors and many private donors.
Vermont Senior Games Board of Directors – 2016
BARBARA JORDAN, M.S., M.Ed., is an exercise trainer and wellness counselor for older adults. She currently teaches classes at the University of Vermont and Burlington’s Miller Recreation Center. She has worked with seniors of all ages for more than 30 years. She has also presented numerous workshops focusing on Holistic approaches to Wellness. Barbara is the chair of the Games Committee and has been with the Vermont Senior Games since 1987. She is a Senior Olympics Medalist and has won numerous National Championships in Masters Track and Field. Since she was 65, she has held World Records in the 300m Hurdles, Indoor Pentathlon 4x100m Relay and 4x400m Relay. She’s also held US records in the 60m and 80m Dashes, and was on the 4x100m Relay Team that broke the Women’s 80-84 World Record at the National Senior Games in Minneapolis. Barbara has been inducted into six Athletic Halls of Fame including USATF Masters, Springfield College, Fair Lawn High School and South Burlington High School. She and her husband Paul live in South Burlington – they have three sons and eight grandchildren. Barbara is the coordinator of our largest event – Track and Field. She is an advocate for senior health and fitness across the State.
FLO MEILER, a Shelburne resident, she recently re-joined the Vermont Senior Games Board of Directors, after serving on the Board for eight years back in the early 2000’s. In addition to her previous Board experience, Flo brings a wealth of experience as a senior athlete at the state, national and international levels. Flo’s competitive athletics began with water skiing. She didn’t begin competing in Track and Field until age 62 when her friend, Barbara Jordan, lured her away from a tennis match at the Vermont Senior Games to compete in the Long Jump. Flo says that she was “hooked immediately” and began right away training and competing in multiple track and field events. Now at age 81, she currently trains for 18 different events and typically competes in eight to ten events at a competition. She holds several American and world records, was elected into the USA Masters Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2010, and represented Team USA at the 2015 World Masters Athletics (WMA) Championships in Lyon, France where she won 10 medals, – more than any other competitor among the more than 8,000 athletes representing 98 countries.
JANET NUNZIATA, MS, is the Associate Director for Education at the Center on Aging at the University Of Vermont (UVM). Janet joined the Board in 2013 because of the Center on Aging’s partnership with VSGA. Janet is passionate about helping seniors to learn to take good care of themselves, whether or not they want to participate in competitive athletics. Janet has been a runner for over 30 years, with VSGA she participates in Track and Field, and road races. She also practices yoga, and is a dedicated lifelong learner, exploring wellness topics such as meditation, volunteering, and caregiving.
MARTI POWERS is the Vice President of the Vermont Senior Games and the Game’s Co-Chair. She retired from Verizon as a Sales/New Product Implementation Director. She moved to Vermont in 2002, worked with Northfield Savings Bank, and retired again three years ago. She is currently on the Board of Directors at CCTA representing the Towns of Essex/Essex Junction. Marti also volunteers within the Essex communities to provide strength training classes, supports walking/exercise groups. Marti has a passion for Weightlifting and running a variety of 5K races. This year she bought a Pickleball paddle so that will be next on her bucket list!
JOHN SCHEER is a CPA and President of Scheer & Hickey PC-a certified public accounting firm located in Colchester, VT. He serves as the Treasurer of the Vermont Senior Games Association. John started running at age 15 and has been an avid runner since. He has seven marathon finishes to his credit. He has also competed in Track and Field at several state games in New England. John has served on several nonprofit boards in Vermont and was the race director of the Vermont City Marathon in the early 90’s, which is considered the largest participating sporting event in Vermont.
BETSY TERRY has been on the VSGA Board since 2010 and serves as Secretary. In her professional life, she works as the Executive Director of the Vermont Recreation & Parks Association. She is a strong believer in the power of collaboration and joined the VSGA Board and the Council on Physical Fitness & Sports in hopes of making strong connections between the three groups. In her leisure time she enjoys regular walks along Middle Road in Colchester, yoga, gardening, cooking and eating good foods. You are more likely to find her helping to run the VSGA events than competing in them.
BOB WILLEY is a Sports Coordinator for one of our most popular sports – Basketball. Bob has participated in all VSGA Basketball championships since 1990, as well as most National Senior Games biennial tournaments. The VSGA Basketball tournament, held at Castleton University, attracts teams from most NE states and New York. Bob co-founded Vermont Systems in 1985 with son, Giles, and is still working there every day. VSI develops and supports applications software for military and municipal Recreation and Parks operations, and provides software and hosting services supporting the VSGA Registration function.
DIANA WOOD is the Marketing & Outreach Manager for Burlington Parks, Recreation and Waterfront. She hopes to use her skills to help promote the Senior Games across the state and grow the games. While she’s too young to compete in the games, Diana participates in several bike events, 5k & 10k runs and triathlons throughout the year. Diana is committed to lifelong physical activities and believes in the motivation that competition provides.