Local artist and local athlete win at Senior Games

Published 9:56 am Monday, November 8, 2021

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Polk County Senior Games and SilverArts is proud to announce that two local competitors have won at the North Carolina Virtual State Finals 2021! 

Bernard Edwards, a wood carving artist from Tryon, won a bronze medal in the SilverArts, Heritage and Woodcarving category, for his art piece, “Bimbo”, on October 1. 

In the sports categories, athlete Jim Ksenich from Tryon, won a silver medal in the 50 Meter Dash virtual competition on October 5. 

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Both Edwards and Ksenich qualified at the annual 2021 Polk County Senior Games and SilverArts this past spring. Polk County Senior Games is part of a statewide network of 53 local programs sanctioned by North Carolina Senior Games, Inc. 

NCSG is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing year-round health promotion and education for adults 50 years of age and better. NCSG is a statewide nonprofit organization sponsored by the North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services. The Gold Sponsors of State Finals for 2021 are Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) and Humana, Inc; Silver Sponsor is Rex Healthcare. The Bronze Sponsor is North Carolina Farm Bureau Insurance. 

NCSG also offers SilverArts, the statewide heritage, visual, literary, and performing arts program; SilverLiners senior line dancing program and SilverStriders national award winning walking program. Qualification for next year’s State Finals will be held in the spring of 2022 at Local Senior Games across North Carolina. For more information on the Senior Games program in Polk County, contact local coordinator, Julie Jolley at (828) 894-0001 or visit www.ncseniorgames.org.  


Caption: Bernard’s winning piece, “Bimbo”