No athletic competition has truly begun until the ceremonial lighting of the torch, and the National Senior Games kicked off the two-week competition at the Flame Arrival Ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio on July 19.
John McCarthy, Vice President for Commercial Operations and Global Commercial Excellence at AstraZeneca welcomed the crowd of over 10,000 athletes participating in the 2012 National Senior Games.
John thanked the eight remarkable athletes from AZ and shared the inspiration he felt from seeing athletes coming together from all across the country.
“A special thank you to the eight AstraZeneca athletes who are in Cleveland to compete in bowling, badminton, track and field, swimming, archery and volleyball,” John said. “It is remarkable to see so many athletes from every corner of the country here to do what they love – compete and lead a healthy lifestyle. It truly is inspiring to be here with each of you as you pursue sport, life and health.”
He also reminded the crowd why initiatives like the Senior Games are so important to a company like AstraZeneca – because health connects us all.
“There is no better example than the Senior Games of how we work with others to help achieve our goal of partnering with organizations that promote better health.”
Additionally, AstraZeneca was privileged to have three athletes as torch bearers during the Flame Arrival Ceremony. Zhiping You and Janet Stoltenborg ran the torch across the field where Sharada Bhat then placed it on the arena stage.
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.