It’s a safe bet on Saturday, June 13, the Palm Beach County Convention Center will be the center of the State of Florida’s amateur sports universe as more than 3,000 athletes, coaches and attendees will be a part of seven Sunshine State Games sports at the Palm Beach County Festival.
The fashion of the day will be martial arts gis, fencing masks and weightlifting and wrestling singlets for those competing in fencing, judo, karate, powerlifting, taekwondo, weightlifting and wrestling.
No other venue among those on the 2015 Sunshine State Games calendar of events will host as many sports, with as many athletes as the Palm Beach County Convention Center on Saturday, June 13.
“Through our partnership with the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, we have the opportunity to transform one of the county’s finest facilities into an outstanding venue for a multitude of sports,” said Stephen Rodriguez Sr., vice president of the Florida Sports Foundation. “As always, the focus of the Sunshine State Games is to provide athletes with a first-class stage on which to perform. For 2015-16, that stage is the Palm Beach County Convention Center.”
Among the 2014 gold medal winners from Palm Beach County who have registered to compete in their own backyard this year are fencer Olivia Varughese of Delray Beach; Loreen Tilley of Jupiter in judo; powerlifters Gabriel Vega-Lara of Boca Raton and Vanessa Watt of Okeechobee; and Aidan Dietrick of Wellington, who will compete in taekwondo.
Besides the sports at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, Okeeheelee Park will host BMX cycling on Saturday, June 13.
The 2015 Palm Beach County Festival marks the third time that the Sunshine State Games has paid a visit to Palm Beach County for an Olympic-style sports festival. The games were previously held in Palm Beach County in 1991 and 2002.
Registration is currently open for the eight sports of the Palm Beach County Festival, with some online registration deadlines falling as late as June 11.
Visit www.flasports.com to check competition and registration information.