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2022 Sunshine State Games Updates and Registration Information – 04/14/22

Registration continues for over 20 sports in the 2022 Sunshine State Games, presented by Amazon. The 2022 calendar features 25 sports, with multi-sport Festivals held in four Florida communities and 22 facilities statewide hosting the events.

For competition and registration information, please visit the individual sports pages, listed in the “Sports” drop down menu at the top of the page. Athletes can also find the “Register Now,” button on the top right corner of the page.

Info Athletes “Need To Know”
As the Games continue to draw near, weekly updates like this will be sent out to registered athletes and prospective athletes with updates, from the more than 20 sports.  In the “need to know,” category for this week, please make note of the following….

Artistic Roller Skating and Figure Skating Registration Deadlines are Approaching
Don’t miss out on upcoming registration deadlines for Artistic Roller Skating, to be held May 8, at the Semoran Skateway in Casselberry, or Figure Skating, the weekend of May 20-22, at the Florida Panthers Ice Den in Coral Springs. 

The Artistic Roller Skating Registration Deadline is Friday, April 15 and the Figure Skating Registration Deadline is Sunday, April 17. Currently, over 175 figure skaters, representing more than 20 clubs statewide, have registered to compete.

Water Polo Championships to Add Second Pool
The 2022 Sunshine State Games is currently scheduled to be played at the Coral Springs Aquatic Center, June 24-26.  With a usual participation rate of 50 or more teams, competing in age groups beginning at 10 and under and advancing through an Open Division for adults, two pools are usually needed.  Look for a second pool to be announced in the near future.

Who’s Registered to Compete in the 2022 Sunshine State Games
With registrations coming in, we take a weekly look at “Who’s Registered to Compete in the 2022 Sunshine State Games, presented by Amazon.” This week, the 34th SSG Figure Skating Championships welcomes back Lauren Lampinen, of Champions Edge Skating Club, in Wesley Chapel.

The last SSG Figure Skating Championships were held in May of 2019 and Lauren Lampinen  (pictured above) was the gold medalist in the Intermediate Ladies Free Skating and Short Program.

Now an 18-year old high school senior at Tampa Plant High School, Lampinen is registered to skate in the Senior Ladies Free Skating and Short Program events at the Florida Panthers Ice Den, in Coral Springs, May 20-22.

In a 2019 article, Lampinen claimed her skating goal was, “Just do it for fun.” However, in 2022, her focus has shifted since she will be attending the University of Notre Dame, beginning in the fall, and will be a member of the Notre Dame Figure Skating team.  The Fighting Irish Figure Skating team is a club team with a current roster of 32 skaters.

Lampinen competed in the 2022 Florida Open Figure Skating Championships, at the RDV Ice Den in Orlando, April 1-3 and took second place in the Senior Ladies Free Skate and third in the Senior Ladies Short Program.  The Sunshine State Games will be her first competition since the April event.

Sunshine State Games Events Serve As Florida Senior Games Qualifiers
With the Sunshine State Games being an amateur sports festival for athletes of all ages, some sports give athletes a chance to qualify for the Florida Senior Games, presented by Humana, an amateur sports festival for athletes age 50 and over.

The 2022 Sunshine State Games Bowling, Golf, Pickleball and Table Tennis events will give athletes competing, age 50 and over, a chance to qualify for the 2022 Florida Senior Games, held in December.  The top five finishers in each age group, beginning at the 50-54 age group and advancing in five year intervals, qualify for the 2022 Florida Senior Games.

49 Days in May and June Features Plenty of Sunshine State Games Events
Now in its 43rd year of providing amateur sports opportunities to Florida athletes of all ages, the Sunshine State Games has been used as a stepping-stone to national and international competitions by many Florida athletes.

For the 2022 Games, between May 8 and June 26, multi-sport festivals will be held in four Florida locations, Alachua, Broward, Clay and Polk counties.  Alachua, Broward and Polk have long histories of hosting Sunshine State Games events, while Clay County is now in its second year of hosting events in Northeast Florida.  The calendar below shows how the 49 days play out.

2022 Sunshine State Games, presented by Amazon, Calendar of Events
All Sports, Dates and Locations Subject to Change

May 8, 2022 – Registration Deadline is Friday, April 15
Artistic Roller-skating, Semoran Skateway, Casselberry

May 20-21
Sunshine State Games/Miami Police Athletic League (PAL) Tournament, Miami-Dade and Broward County Locations.  Sports Contested: Flag Football, Soccer, Track and Field

May 20-22 – Registration Deadline is Sunday, April 17
34th Figure Skating Championships, Florida Panthers Ice Den, Coral Springs

June 3-5, 2022
Artistic Swimming, Gandy Pool, Lakeland
Swimming, Dwight H. Hunter Northeast Pool, Gainesville

June 4-5, 2022
Bowling, Maple Lanes and Lucky’s Sports Bar, Clearwater

June 10-12, 2022
Disc Golf, Ronnie Van Zant Memorial Park, Green Cove Springs
Pickleball, Ronnie Van Zant Memorial Park, Green Cove Springs
Ultimate, Mixed Division, Plantation Sports Complex, Fleming Island

June 11, 2022
Baton Twirling, Orange Park High School, Orange Park

June 11- 12, 2022
Archery, Easton-Newberry Archery Center, Newberry and Gator Bowman Archery Range, Gainesville
Canoe Kayak, Marathon – June 11, Sprints – June 12, Middleburg Boat Ramp

June 17-19, 2022
Judo, AdventHealth Field House & Conference Center, Winter Haven
Taekwondo, AdventHealth Field House & Conference Center, Winter Haven
Ultimate, Men’s Division, Plantation Sports Complex, Fleming Island

June 18, 2022
Track and Field, Santa Fe High School, Alachua
Golf, Cleveland Heights Golf Course, Lakeland

June 18-19, 2022
Table Tennis, Simpson Park Community Center, Lakeland
Fast-Pitch Softball, Greco Softball Complex and New Tampa Softball Complex, Tampa

June 24-26, 2022
Sunshine State Games Water Polo Championship, Coral Springs Aquatic Center

June 25, 2022
Sunshine State Games Powerlifting, Lift District Fitness, Margate

June 25 & 26, 2022
Fencing, Legacy Park Multipurpose Center, Alachua

The Sunshine State Games, presented by Amazon, are an annual presentation of the Florida Sports Foundation, the official sports promotion and development organization of the State of Florida.  The Games are held in conjunction with local partners that include, Central Florida’s Polk County Sports Marketing, Clay County Tourism, the Gainesville Sports Commission and Visit Lauderdale.  Now in its 43rd year, the Sunshine State Games are the longest continually-running State Games in the U.S.

The Sunshine State Games, presented by Amazon, are an annual presentation of the Florida Sports Foundation, the official sports promotion and development organization of the State of Florida.  The Games are held in conjunction with local partners that include, Central Florida’s Polk County Sports Marketing, Clay County Tourism, the Gainesville Sports Commission and Visit Lauderdale.  Now in its 43rd year, the Sunshine State Games are the longest continually-running State Games in the U.S.