The Opening Ceremonies, one of the highlights of the Huntsman World Senior Games, take place at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 4, on the campus of Dixie State University at the newly named Legend Solar Stadium. A perennial favorite among the athletes and community alike, this free show will feature the talents of local youth under the direction of Diamond Talent, the inspiring Parade of Athletes, and an impressive fireworks display. This year's keynote speaker will be three-time Olympic gold medalist in swimming, Debbie Meyer.
Both athletes and community members are invited to enjoy the Opening Ceremonies free of charge. The gates open at 6:00 p.m. A free shuttle, generously provided by Road Scholar - DSU, will be available from several campus parking lots to the stadium before the show and back afterwards.
Debbie Meyer joined Johnny Weismuller, Mark Spitz, and Don Schollander when she was named among the world’s best swimmers of the century by sportscasters across the country.
More than 40 years after her phenomenal performance in the 1968 Olympics, Debbie Meyer is still considered one of the greatest female swimmers of all time. For someone who never took a swimming lesson, her accomplishments are impressive.
After retiring from competition in 1972, one of her priorities continues to be working with young people. “I have had such a rewarding career and I enjoy sharing it with others. Perhaps I may inspire someone else to strive for their best,” said Meyer. She has conducted motivational clinics nationwide and in 10 foreign countries, and has coached from the grass roots level to NCAA Division I schools. She has been color commentator for CBS Sports Spectacular and ESPN.
Meyer continues to devote her time to helping youth in the Sacramento area. She currently resides in Truckee, California with husband Bill Weber. She was the coach for the Truckee Tahoe Swim Team, a year round competitive team for eight years until she retired in August 2015. She is owner and operator of the Debbie Meyer Swim School in Sacramento working with infants to adults, competitive and adaptive swimmers.
This family-oriented show is free to attend and is sure to please. For more information visit www.seniorgames.net/happenings/37/.