2019 Hall of Fame

The 2019 class of the Ohio Senior Olympics Hall of Fame was inducted on Saturday, June 8, 2019 during a ceremony at the State Games.

Robert Arledge

Robert Arledge of Lebanon became involved in sport in high school and later at Otterbein College. His career was spent in the Air Force, from which he retired. Fast forward to 2002, when a college friend invited him to participate at the Senior Games in Canton. By his own words he was terrible. But that experience motivated him to change his lifestyle and emphasize fitness and nutrition. At that time, Bob was 69. It worked. Bob’s commitment to his new lifestyle has paid off in competitions at the regional, state, national and international level. In fact, Bob won the gold medal at the World Masters Track and Field event in Spain last year. He was with five others in the 85-89 age group, they competed in 110 degree heat. His event? POLE VAULT. He has set a goal to hang onto that title as a gold medalist on the world stage.

Tom Herr

Tom Herr, who is a resident of Westerville, has competed in the Senior Olympics for more than 22 years. Tom is a swimmer, but he has competed in other sports as well. For his efforts in Senior Olympics, Tom has accumulated more than 104 medals. In addition to Senior Olympics, Tom has competed for more than 40 years in Masters swimming competition at the local, state, national and international levels. In addition, he has competed at three National Veteran Golden Games.

Ann James

Ann James of Pataskala has competed in Senior Olympics for more than 25 years, in the sport of tennis. Ann has been a steady presence in the games. In addition to competing at the regional and state level, Ann has competed in the National Senior Games nine times and medaled at two of those National Games. While she has tried other sports, Ann comes back to tennis every time. She is not only a competitor but also an ambassador for the games, encouraging others to play and compete.

Gene Kelly

Eugene (Gene) Kelly of Stow is a track and field athlete, focusing on throwing events. Gene’s commitment to track and field has really been lifelong. He coached high school track and field for 25 years at schools in northeast Ohio. For the past 19 years, he has been an officiant at track meets around the state. He works with others on teaching the fundamentals of track and field, ensuring that we have future generations of Senior Olympians coming up through the ranks. In addition to the fundamentals, Gene shows the values of respect, hard work and perseverance both in the competitive arena and in life. Gene’s competitive career in Senior Olympics has included competition at the state and national level. He also competes in Masters track and field with great success.
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