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National AAU Senior event in Roseville is postponed

By: Bill Poindexter
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The inaugural National Amateur Athletic Union Senior Championships, scheduled for Oct. 13-17 in Roseville, have been postponed. “We wanted to make sure we had a quality function and that we had enough participants to make it meaningful,” said Earl Wiklund, executive director of the Sun City Roseville Homeowners’ Association. Wiklund said Sun City, Placer Valley Tourism and the Pacific District of the AAU would look at how they market the games and want to survey other senior athletic events in the western United States to make sure there are no conflicts. The local event would have overlapped with the Huntsman World Senior Games in Utah, scheduled for Oct. 4-16. A statement on the website nationalaauseniorchampionships.com ends with, “We will see you in 2011,” but Wiklund said the event may be moved back to the spring of 2012. “We have a firm commitment to move forward,” he said. “With national AAU backing, that is quite a platform.” Venues were secured for billiards, bocce, bowling, cycling, golf, pickleball, softball, table tennis and tennis, many at Sun City, though the city of Roseville was contributing some sites, according to Wiklund. Had the Senior Championships been held, it would have been one of three big events in Roseville in the same week. The USFS Central Pacific Regional Figure Skating Championships are scheduled from Oct. 15-19 at Skatetown, and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Toyota/Napa Auto Parts 150 is scheduled for Oct. 16 at All American Speedway. The Speed Channel will televise that event.