Active people tend to stay fit at any age, and with each passing year there are more and more of them. In the world, this trend has existed for a long time, but in our country people of respectable age often considered to be inadequate for an active life position and a vibrant way of life. During the International Summer Festival, held at the Lesia Ukrainka East-European National University Stadium, the senior Ukrainians have proved: they have got a great life potential, strong motivation, desire to compete, and joy of victory.
In general, several hundred activists of 50-year-old age and older participated in this festival. They came from many cities of Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania, and Turkey. The Senioriad was organized by the Lutsk NGO “Center for Education Third Age University” and Kyiv NGO “Association of Third-Age Universities Klepsydra”, with the support of the Volyn Regional Center for Physical Health of the People “Sport for All” and the Ihor Palytsia’s Foundation “Tilky Razom”.
The participants were competing in many sports: racing for a distance of 60m, running for a distance of up to 1000m, shot putt, arm wrestling, bending of arms on the gymnastic platform, orienteering, darts, kayaking, “Cross Country” bicycle racing, chess, rifle shooting and table tennis. The purpose of the Senioriad is to attract people of respectable age to sporting events as one of the factors of a healthy lifestyle and active life position.
By the way, on the eve of the competition there was a round table with the participants of the Senioriad, during which the development of the “silver economy”, labor markets, social tourism and entrepreneurship, and active longevity was discussed.
The representative of the Ihor Palytsia’s Foundation “Tilky Razom” Inna Tkachuk, noted:
- For several years, the Ihor Palytsia’s Foundation “Tilky Razom” has been supporting events organized by the NGO’s in Lutsk. This year, active cooperation takes place with the Lutsk NGO “Center for Education Third Age University”. The main goal of the organization is to promote active lifestyles among people of the respectable age, forming active longevity, to teach them to take care of their health, their good physical and psychological state. On the 25th of August, for the first time in Lutsk, the International Summer Senioriad “Sport for All in behalf of Health” was held in Lutsk, the organization of which was supported by the Ihor Palytsia’s Foundation “Tilky Razom”, from which the participants received badges, as well as medals for medal places. In addition, the Foundation provided information support for the event.