AstraZeneca athletes bring home gold from National Senior Games


Anna Cramer

The 2013 National Senior Games wrapped up in Cleveland, Ohio on August 1 after two weeks of inspiring feats of endurance and strength from athletes over the age of 50.

AstraZeneca was represented by eight incredible athletes, their talents ranging in sports from badminton to archery. Combined, AZ athletes brought home six gold medals, three silver medals and many more top honors.

Zhiping You, a statistical scientist in Innovative Medicines played over 44 badminton games over a 3-day period and won two gold medals and one silver medal. Katherine Karageorges-Sharp, Executive Sales Specialist, competed in six swimming events from freestyle to butterfly and scored four gold medals and two silver medals. Edna Hecht, strategy and portfolio manager in Operations IT, finished in first place in the 400M track and field competition.

Edna Hecht, center, receives a gold medal in the women’s Track & Field 400M race

Check out the full results from the National Senior Games below.

John McCarthy, Vice President for Commercial Operations and Global Commercial Excellence at AstraZeneca kicked off the National Senior Games by welcoming a crowd of over 10,000 athletes. Later in the Games, Rose Soltz, Commercial Business Director, shared her thoughts on the dedication of the athletes at the Celebration of Athletes event.

Congratulations to all of the athletes that represented AstraZeneca at the 2013 National Senior Games.

Sharada Bhat Archery (55-59) 4th place
Mitchell Doub Track & Field 50 & 100M (50-54) 22nd (50M), 29th (100M)
Edna Hecht Track & Field 400M (50-54) 1st place
Wayne Michelcavage  Volleyball (55+) 3rd in Gold Division
Tom Selestok Bowling (50-54) 9th place
Katherine Karageorges-Sharp  Swimming (50-54) 4 gold, 2 silver medals
Janet Stoltenborg Archery (60-64) 4th place
Zhiping You Badminton (50-54) 2 gold, 1 silver medal

With its mission to enhance the quality of life for seniors, and inspire everyone to live a more active lifestyle, the biennial National Senior Games is the largest multi-sport event in the world for men and women over the age of 50, attracting approximately 10,000 athletes who compete in 19 different sports. AstraZeneca is proud to have eight AstraZeneca employees, from Headquarters and Field Sales, competing in this year’s Games.