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Women Make a Splash at the 2016 Naperville Senior Games

The 2016 Naperville Senior Games which concluded on June 24, offered a variety of events for both men and women. In its second year, the Games are still new for Naperville, with plenty of room for growth both in participation and types of events. Ideas for new events are always welcome. Email your suggestions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or add a comment to this post.

2016 Senior Games Swimmers

The women’s swimming competition was new this year, with 4 enthusiastic swimmers ready to swim the 100-yard freestyle event at Centennial Beach. Each of the 4 women swim regularly at the Naperville Waves program at Edward Fitness Center, logging 1,800-2,000 yards at each practice session, up to 3 days per week.

Vivianne Barone, who won first place in the Senior Games swimming event, commented that she hoped more people would learn about the Games for next year.

Although seasoned swimmers, the women were accustomed to swimming in a clear pool with lane lines easily visible on the bottom.  The lane lines at Centennial Beach are harder to see than those in a pool, which was challenging, requiring the swimmers to correct their course from time to time. They all made it to the finish line, cheered on by the lifeguards and timers.

 In the final event of the 2016 Games, two women joined 14 men in the trapshooting competition on Thursday evening at Sportsman’s Park.  Judy Novotny, who broke 42 of 50 targets in the event, has been shooting since her youth. Growing up on a farm in Minnesota, she learned to hunt with her father to provide food for the family.

 “I’ve always enjoyed shooting sports,” said Judy. “Trapshooting is fun because you see instant results when the target breaks.”

Judy has been trapshooting with her husband for years at Sportsman’s Park and was encouraged by a friend to compete in the Senior Games trapshooting event this year.  

Chris Gumm, the other female participant in the trapshooting event, has been shooting for just one year, and also was encouraged by a friend to enter the Senior Games event this year. 


Learn more about trapshooting

The Naperville Sportsman’s Club, which provides instructors and volunteers to run the trapshooting programs at Sportsman’s Park, encourages beginners to learn the sport. Beginners can register for Trapshooting Fundamentals  classes, scheduled for July 17 and August 21, through the Naperville Park District. The program includes instruction in range etiquette, how to handle a shotgun, and all of the equipment needed.

 Additional opportunities for swim instruction and training for adults at Centennial Beach


It’s not too late to learn to swim, no matter what your age!  Centennial Beach offers adult swim lessons for ages 15 and up and Triathlon Open Water Training for both beginners and advanced swimmers.  Also, adults can register for the Masters Swim/Triathlon Training available through the Park District at the Naperville North swimming pool.

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On Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 Naperville Park District officials heard the good news for which they have been waiting for many months: the District has achieved national accreditation through the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).

The decision was announced at the NRPA national conference in Atlanta following a formal hearing before the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

Naperville is only the second park district in Illinois to earn this distinction and the 104th nationally accredited agency in the nation; there are more than 10,000 recreation agencies in the United States. The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies accredits a handful of park agencies each year that have completed a multi-step process involving a self-review by the agency, a site visit, and an evaluation and formal report by the Commission.

“We are extremely proud to bring this honor to Naperville,” said Park District Executive Director Ray McGury. “It’s an affirmation of our high standards and also an encouragement to continue bringing high quality recreation and parks experiences to our community.”

The Park District’s accreditation process began approximately one year ago and included an extensive self-evaluation by staff and a 5-day visit from CAPRA reviewers this past July. Maintaining the accreditation requires annual reports and 5- and 10-year reviews.

Park District staff members noted that the CAPRA process has helped them see the big picture, focus on long term goals and plans, review plans more regularly, organize documents so that they are accessible and useable, and collaborate more effectively with other departments and outside organizations.

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