2013 Hall of Fame

The 2013 class of the Ohio Senior Olympics Hall of Fame was inducted on June 30, 2013, during a ceremony at the banquet during the state games.

Robert Bloebaum

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Bob Bloebaum stood among the pioneers in the Senior Olympics movement to come out of southwestern Ohio competing in the first national Senior Olympics competitors in St Louis, MO. In the 1989 St. Louis National Senior Olympics swimming competitions, Bob captured a Gold medal in the 50 meter Backstroke and a Bronze medal in the 100 meter Backstroke. The 50 meter and 100 meter Backstroke remain his premiere events.

On the bowling lanes, he rolled a 300 game. As a bowler, Bob has won the coveted ABC Rings for rolling a 300, 299, and 298 in sanctioned competitions as well as his 300 game in the National Senior Olympics.

 

Bob has been also nominated for induction into the Cincinnati Bowling Association Hall of Fame.

Marcia DeRenzo

Just imagine what the status of women's softball in northeast Ohio would be if Marcia DeRenzo had failed to have a vision.

In the 1970s, it was DeRenzo's imagination and dream that inspired her to challenge the many barriers to the formation of a women's softball league known as the Lakewood Women's Softball of League.

 

It became Marcia's dream to lead a team of talented senior women who desired to compete among the elite of women's softball in Ohio. This team was the Northeast Ohio Ladybugs. The Ohio Rockers was DeRenzo's next dream team qualifying for the 2011 Houston National Senior Games competition, but because of financial restrictions the team could not travel to the competition.

Dorothy Gackstetter

Dorothy has collected numerous medals and awards in a variety of competitions across the Midwest.

As a senior athlete, her events of choice are the discus, shot put, javelin, and long jump. During a typical track meet, Dorothy also finds the energy and competitiveness to participate in the 100 and 200 track events.

 

In local and regional Senior Olympics competitions, she often stands in the winners circle. In recent years at the qualifying state games, Dot's times and distances have qualified her for NSGA competition. She plans to compete as long as she is able.

Robert Henry

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Bob, with his table tennis paddle as his signature, has held his own playing against many local, state, and national table tennis competitors.

In the 2005 Pittsburgh NSGA Games, Bob captured gold in Doubles and 8th place in the Singles competition. Subsequently, Robert successfully teamed with Hershel Self of Beaver Creek, Ohio in the Table Tennis Doubles winning the Gold in their age group at the 2007 Louisville NSGA competitions.

 

His skill with the paddle has established a remarkable table tennis record and he is recognized as elite among the accomplished players in the sport.

Randy Strader

A neighbor kid introduced Randy to the shot put and he was hooked, for the competitive thrill of the athletic arena was addictive.

Strader has been competing since 1991: First as a Masters athlete, Randy often stood in the winners circle and is listed in the USA Track and Field's "Who's Who in Track and Field."

 

The 1997 National Senior Games in Tucson was Randy's first national competition and he has been hooked ever since.

Russ Witte

Russ was a member of the State Champion 200 meter Freestyle Relay Team at Western Hills High School. He subsequently swam for the University of Cincinnati as he completed the requirements for a degree in Civil Engineering.

After retirement, Witte returned to competitive swimming in the Masters competitions. In the 2007 National Senior Games competitions, Russ won gold medals in six events. In the 2011 NSGA competitions in Houston, Texas Witte continued to capture medals in age group 95-99.

 

He will continue to compete in National competitions as long as he is able.

 

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