Figure Skating, Rugby, Basketball, Roller Skating and Shooting events bring Sunshine State Games accolades
The Sunshine State Games Bradenton Area Festival was the highlight of a weekend of amateur sports activity featuring over 1,400 Florida amateur athletes in action in a variety of locations in Sunshine State Games events.
Lindsay Rosenberg, of Coral Springs (right in photo), won the annual Dorothy Dodson Award for Figure Skating Excellence at the Sunshine State Games Figure Skating Championships in Bradenton. The annual award, named after longtime judge Dorothy Dodson (center in photo) is given to the skater with the highest combined score in the intermediate ladies short program and free skate programs. Nearly 340 figure skaters between the age of four and 70+ were in competition over the weekend at the Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex. CLICK HERE for the Figure Skating results.
Also in competition were members of Sarasota's Park family. While Connor and Heather Park skated in pairs competition, their mother, Kim, competed for the first time to music in a free skating program. CLICK HERE to see a story from WTSP-TV.
The 2013 Rugby Championships were also a are part of the Bradenton Area Festival with 18 teams competing in the Boys' High School and Men's and Women's Open Divisions at Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch. The University of Florida team won the men's open, the USA Rugby South Panthers won the women's open division and Orlando Iron Horse team won the boy's high school division. CLICK HERE for a photo gallery from the Bradenton Herald.
The Sunshine State Games Basketball Championships were played in Alachua County with nearly 60 boy’s and girl’s teams in competition ranging in age from 10 to 18 years old. CLICK HERE for results of the Basketball Championships.
This weekend, May 17-19, is the first of three Sunshine State Games Lacrosse tournaments, to be held at Pine Trails Park in Parkland. More Sunshine State Games Lacrosse follows at the Alachua County Festival on June 8-9 and in Wesley Chapel, June 29-30.
Florida's amateur athletes now have the opportunity to register online for the Sport Shooting Championships, Alachua County and Polk County Festivals and the Water Polo and Track and Field Championships. CLICK HERE for a full calendar of Florida's Sunshine State Games events.
Now in its 34th year, Florida's Sunshine State Games continues to offer amateur sports competitions to athletes of all ages on a variety of skill levels. Join Florida's longest-standing multi-sport festival, Florida's Sunshine State Games and become part of a Florida tradition, serving amateur ahtletes for more than 30 years.
Click here for the 2013 Sunshine State Games Calendar of Events
April - May, 2013
Sunshine State Games Sport Shooting Championships
Online Registration Now Open
May - June, 2013
Sunshine State Games Lacrosse Series
Parkland, Gainesville, Wesley Chapel
June 7-9, 2013
Sunshine State Games - Alachua County Festival
(Sports Offered: Archery, Fencing, Lacrosse, Rowing, Synchronized Swimming, Swimming, Ultimate)
June 14-16, 2013
Sunshine State Games Water Polo Championships
June 21-23, 2013
Sunshine State Games - Polk County Festival
(Sports Offered: Canoe/Kayak, Judo, Karate, Racquetball, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Weightlifting, Wrestling)
June 29, 2013
Sunshine State Games Track & Field Championships
Melbourne Central Catholic High School
June 29-30, 2013
Sunshine State Games Badminton Championships
Shula's Athletic Club, Miami Lakes
July 20-21, 2013
Sunshine State Games Beach Volleyball Championships