Director says Show-Me State Games have been a success so far

Monday, July 28, 2008 | 9:49 p.m. CDT
A participant in the Show-Me State Games race walk clutches his winning medal on Sunday at Faurot Field.

COLUMBIA — This year's Show-Me Games, which began July 18, consisted of 40 different sports. With such a high number of activities available, the games' staff said they feel they were successful in dealing with whatever challenges arose during the past couple of weekends of competition.

Ken Ash, the executive director of the Show-Me State Games, said everything has been going well so far. He said the first weekend the weather was great while last weekend they dealt with rain that affected some sports such as baseball and some soccer games. Despite the rain, Ash said they were still able to get two to three games in for each team on Friday and Saturday.

"Our set up crew did an outstanding job," Ash said, "and the Columbia Parks and Recreation crew saved the day."

Ash also said assistant director Bruce Ungles and director of competition Dave Gill both helped out tremendously with the challenges they faced from storms last weekend.

This year there were three new sports added to the Show-Me Games, however, not all were successful. Ungles said only three or four people signed up to play croquet, so they ended up not having the event. Pickleball, however, was a huge hit in the Senior Show-Me Games this year. He said about 40 people signed up, all older than 50.

"Pickleball will definitely be a sport for the senior games next year," Ungles said.

Gill said that since pickleball was such a hit in the senior games, they are looking at possibly adding it to the Show-Me State Games next year.

Washers is also new this year and will be held Aug. 16 as a standalone event. Ungles said so far only four or five people have signed up, but neither Ungles or Gill said they are worried, because about 80 percent of registrations are done on the final day to sign up, which is Friday.

"Washers is something just about anybody can do, so we're hoping we get several out to play," Gill said.

Both Ash and Ungles agree they have been satisfied with the Show-Me Games this year. Even though there have been some minor complaints, they feel it has been a success so far.

"For every complaint you get, there are always more who had a good time," Ungles said.


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