Lynette Gray is off to National Senior Games!

Walk coach Bert Pickell offers pointers during a final preparation training session for three Texas athletes — (from left) Nancy Fox of San Antonio, Lynette Gray of La Vernia, and Olga Villareal of San Antonio — who have qualified to represent Texas in the 2022 National Senior Games in Florida. All three ladies qualified last September to compete in the 2022 Games.

And … she’s off!

Lynette Gray of La Vernia is headed to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to represent La Vernia and the state of Texas in the National Senior Games!

The local businesswoman and parade announcer will compete in the age 50-54 group 1500-meter racewalk and powerwalk; her events take place May 10-11.

“I’d love to bring home the gold for La Vernia, Wilson County, and Texas,” Gray told the La Vernia News.  Above all, however, she hopes “… to have a great memorable road trip with my mom and help spread awareness that Texas Senior Games exists with many sports — both individual and team — to participate in.”

Senior games events include bowling, softball, archery, horseshoes, running, pickleball, tennis, track and field, and more.

Gray encourages anyone over age 50 “to get out there and be active!”

Qualifier events for the 2023 National Senior Games have already been held, and Wilson County residents Gray and LeAn Watson have earned their spots in those games — Gray in racewalk and powerwalk, and Watson in doubles pickleball.

Both ladies will receive invitations to represent Texas in the National Senior Games to be held in 2023 in Pittsburgh.