Charlie Edwards, 96, Brings Home Gold from the National Senior Games

Greenspring resident awarded top honors in his age group in archery this July

Charlie Edwards(Springfield, Va.) - Less than 1% of the nearly 10,000 senior athletes who competed in the 2015 National Senior Games held in Minnesota were over the age of 90.  That statistic makes the gold medal that Charlie Edwards brought home from the games even more impressive.

Edwards was awarded the gold medal in the men’s compound release archery competition in his age group (95-99) and was the most senior archer at this year’s competition.  At age 96, Edwards traveled to Minnesota for the competition in July, marking his second national competition; in 2013, he brought home a bronze medal in his age group at the National Senior Games in Cleveland.   Edwards qualified for the 2015 National Senior Games at the Virginia Senior Games held last year.

Edwards first picked up a bow and arrow in 2011 after a friend encouraged him to join the Archers club at Greenspring retirement community in Springfield, Va., where they both lived.  Just six months later, Edwards earned his first gold medal at the 2012 Virginia Senior Games.  In order to train for competition, Edwards can be found at least once per week at Ft. Belvoir Archery Center, located just a few miles from Greenspring.  There, he practices on targets indoors at 20 yards and outdoors at 40, 50, and 60 yards. 

Lehigh University Wrestling ChampionsWhile Edwards had never tried his hand at archery before moving to Greenspring, he is no stranger to sporting competition.  He was on the 1939-1940 Lehigh University wrestling team that earned collegiate championship honors, and in his later years, Edwards grew fond of golfing and fishing.  He was a Navy fighter pilot during World War II and then went to work for the Atomic Energy Commission until retirement. 

Prior to moving to Greenspring, Edwards was a longtime resident of Falls Church, Va.  He spent many years living on Cloverdale Farm, owned by his grandparents, a site which he now says is home to the West Falls Church Metro station.  When he is not honing his archery skills or leisure fishing, Edwards spends much of his time writing his autobiography, which he hopes to complete by the end of the year.  He also has every intention of competing in the 2017 National Senior Games in Alabama at age 98, and bringing home another gold medal.

About Greenspring: Greenspring, one of 18 retirement communities managed by Erickson Living, is situated on a scenic 58-acre campus in Springfield, Virginia. The community is home to nearly 2000 residents, many of whom reside in the community’s 1404 independent living apartment homes. At Greenspring, over 200 resident-run and resident-driven programs promote an engaged, fulfilling lifestyle reflected in resident satisfaction levels that exceed the industry average. Additional information about Greenspring can be found at www.ericksonliving.com