Three Dare County Athletes Compete at 2023 National Senior Games

By on September 2, 2023

(Left to right: Robert Trivette, Rita Seelig Ayres and Dave Henzler

(Dare County)

Three local athletes who competed in the 2023 Outer Banks Senior Games, which were held from April 17-28, 2023, went on to compete in the 2023 National Senior Games, a biennial competition that is held in different locations across the United States. The 2023 National Senior Games were held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from July 7-18, 2023.

This year’s Outer Banks Senior Games qualifiers for the National Senior Games were Rita Ayres, David Henzler and Robert Trivette. This delegation of Outer Banks participants competed against athletes from 49 other states, as well as the District of Columbia and Canada.

The Outer Banks Senior Games are presented by Dare County Older Adult Services in cooperation with the Dare County Parks and Recreation Department. “We are honored to have this special group of winners compete against over 11,000 other participants and win at the national level,” said Jenna Wienert, who serves as director of the Thomas A. Baum Senior Center in Kill Devil Hills.

Robert Trivette, from Kitty Hawk, swam in several events at the 2023 National Senior Games, winning a silver medal in the 200-meter individual medley (IM) and also brought home two bronze medals in the 65-69 age group.

Rita Seelig Ayres, from Manteo, competed in the 70-74 age group in swimming and cycling. Additionally, Ayers was selected as a Humana Game Changer, a national recognition for exemplifying healthy aging and for providing encouragement, motivation and inspiration for all seniors to live healthy lifestyles.

Dave Henzler, from Nags Head, competed in the 2023 National Senior Games this year in numerous swimming events in the 60-64 age group.

The North Carolina Senior Games is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing year-round health promotion and education for adults who are 50 years of age and old. The event is sponsored statewide by the North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services.

For more information about how to be a participant, sponsor or volunteer at the Outer Banks Senior Games, please contact your local coordinator, Jenna Wienert, at or visit Games.


Barnhill Building Group has been selected as the Construction Manager @ Risk by the College of the Albemarle and is seeking to pre-qualify construction trade contractors to submit bids for the furnishing labor, materials, equipment, and tools for the new College of The Albemarle – Allied Health Sciences Simulation Lab (COA Health Sciences) located in Elizabeth City, NC. Please note: Only subcontractors who have been prequalified by Barnhill will be able to submit a Bid.

The project consists of the new construction of a 38,000-sf, 2-story expansion to the existing Owens Health Sciences Center and will house classrooms, labs, and a simulation lab. The site is just over just over 4.5 acres and is located on an active campus. This new construction will be a steel structure with a brick and metal panel veneer, curtainwall, and storefront glazing with a PVC roof membrane.

Principal trade and specialty contractors are solicited for the following Bid Packages:

BP0100: General Trades

BP0105: Final Cleaning

BP0390: Turnkey Concrete

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BP0740: Roofing

BP0750: Metal Panels

BP0790: Caulking / Caulking

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BP1400: Elevators

BP2100: Fire Protection

BP2200: Plumbing

BP2300: HVAC

BP2600: Turnkey Electrical

BP3100: Turnkey Sitework

BP3290: Landscaping

Packages may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager. Historically underutilized business firms are encouraged to complete participation submittals.

HUB/MWBE OUTREACH MEETING: Barnhill Building Group will be conducting a HUB/MWBE Informational Session. You are encouraged to attend the following session to learn more about project participation opportunities available to you. These seminars will help to: Learn about project and scope; Inform and train Minority/HUB contractors in preparation for bidding this project; Assist in registration on the State of North Carolina Vendor link; Stimulate opportunities for Networking with other firms. Location and time TBD. Please visit our planroom at for more information.

Interested contractors should submit their completed prequalification submittals, by July 22, 2024, to Meredith Terrell at or hardcopies can be mailed to Barnhill Contracting Company PO Box 31765 Raleigh, NC 27622 (4325 Pleasant Valley Road, NC 27612).


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