Crye-Leike Agent Plans to Go for the Gold Again at Senior Olympics

Memphis, Tenn. –  More than 600 senior citizens from Shelby, Fayette, Tipton and Lauderdale counties in Tennessee will be convening in Memphis, Tenn., April 27 – May 7, 2004, to compete in the 2004 Memphis District Senior Games – Senior Olympics. And, one of those participating athletes will be Crye-Leike’s own, Barbara Tiedemann who is a resident of Cordova and holds her real estate license at Crye-Leike’s Arlington branch office.

Barbara began competing in the Senior Olympics just last year. Her story is not about all the conditioning and training it took her to reach that point; but rather, about how she got into the mindset to compete at 54 years old.

Barbara’s husband and she were new to the Memphis area, having moved 1.5 years ago because of her husband being transferred by Pepsi Americas from Albany, New York. A full-time affiliate broker for 15 years, she transferred her real estate license to Tennessee and became affiliated with Crye-Leike, Realtors.

“Outside of the people I became acquainted with through work, I didn’t know anyone,” recalls Barbara. “One day, I read about the Senior Olympics in the newspaper and decided that might be a fun way to meet people.”

An avid golfer, Barbara recounts how she was active in all kinds of sports, “but that was 35 years ago,” she exclaims.

But her love for sports drove her to go for it. She signed up for five events in the Memphis District Games – Senior Olympics, held last spring. They were: javelin, shot put, discus, basketball free throw and softball throw. The top four finalists in each age group advance to the state finals each summer.

“I astounded myself. I ended up winning four Gold medals and one Bronze, which qualified me for the 2003 Tennessee Senior Games State Finals, held in Clarksville,” she says proudly.

“Not knowing what to expect at the next level of competition, I was surprised to win again. I brought home four additional Gold medals. And to top that off, I broke two state records in discus and shot put.”

Barbara is already strategizing her next moves and setting her sights high to work her way up to the 2005 Summer National Senior Games (NSGA) – Senior Olympics, held during odd-numbered years. “This is a qualifying year for the National Senior Olympics and I may add archery to my list of events to compete in.”

And her birthday falls on the first day of the state games, so her senior competitors will now be those in the 55-59 age group, she says. The 2004 Tennessee Senior Games State Finals is scheduled for July 16-22, 2004 in Clarksville, Tennessee.

The 2005 Summer National Senior Games is scheduled for June 3-18, 2005 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It offers competition in 18 sports such as badminton, basketball, bowling, cycling, golf, horseshoes, race walk, racquetball, shuffleboard, softball, swimming, table tennis, tennis, track & field and others. Participating athletes must be 50 years old or older and must qualify in an NSGA-sanctioned state senior games in order to compete.

Barbara Tiedemann is serving as an ambassador for the Senior Olympics and encourages anyone 50 years old or older to considerparticipating.

“Regardless of your level, whether it be highly competitive or playing just for the fun of it, there is something for everyone.”

Tiedemann is affiliated with Crye-Leike’s Arlington – Highway 64 branch office, one of 23 Crye-Leike branch and franchise offices in its West Tennessee Region, including West Memphis, Ark. and Northwest Mississippi. She may be reached at 901/487-6626. Crye-Leike (www.crye-leike.com), a full service real estate company for 27 years, is the nation’s 10th largest real estate company and the largest serving Tennessee and the Mid-South.

The Tennessee Senior Games (www.tnseniorgames.com), an independent affiliate of the National Senior Games Association (www.nsga.com), is an Olympic-style sports event for individuals 50 and older. Over 3,500 seniors across the state participated last year. Ten districts across the state hold events in the spring of each year, with the top four finalists in each age group advancing to the state finals held each summer.

To learn more about the 2004 Memphis District Senior Games – Senior Olympics, to be held April 27 through May 7, 2004, tune into the Library Channel 12 during the month of April.