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Athlete of the Month
Each month, NSGA selects an interesting athlete to highlight from the vast diversity of people who participate in National Senior Games. These stories demonstrate the spirit of The Games and the benefits of fitness, fun and fellowship that athletes enjoy through their competitive efforts. Everyone has a story to share -... what's yours?
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"Museum Quality" July 2016 Athlete of the Month

Fred Winter, 101, Holland Michigan Many recall the epic battle of centenarians in Minnesota last summer at the 2015 National Senior Games presented by Humana. The matches between Fred Winter and John Zilverberg in men’s 100-104 discus, javelin and shot put were hotly contested and caught the attention of many media outlets, including Sports Illustrated and NBC’s TODAY Show . ESPN also selected a v...
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"Like Father, Like Daughter" June 2016 Athlete of the Month

Jane Katz, 73 New York City, New York Dr. Jane Katz has made a lot of waves in her field. She earned her doctorate degree in gerontology and geriatrics from Columbia University and is nationally recognized as an educator, aquatics innovator and author of 14 books on swimming, fitness, and water exercise. She has taught water fitness to thousands at the City University of New York since 1964, and a...
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"Roll Playing" May 2016 Athlete of the Month

Jerry Lindsay, 79 Las Vegas, Nevada Sooner or later, Jerry Lindsay finds himself in the middle of the action. “I’ve always been blessed with the ability to make friends and get along with people,” he tells us. “I guess it comes naturally to me.” The Los Angeles native, who as a youth ran track and played football in high school, earned a scholarship to Pepperdine University, and worked his way to ...
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"Author Finds Athlete Within" April 2016 Athlete of the Month

Barbara Bradley Hagerty, 56, Washington, DC You often hear how writers express the desire to be immersed in their subject, but usually it’s not taken literally. Barbara Bradley Hagerty, a best-selling author and career journalist who reported for National Public Radio from 1998 to 2014, had no idea she would competing in the 2015 National Senior Games presented by Humana when she contacted a senio...
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"Most Interesting" March 2016 Athlete of the Month

Harold Vealey, 77, Charleston, West Virginia When the West Virginia Generals men’s 75-79 basketball team won a hard-fought gold medal in the 2015 National Senior Games presented by Humana, the players celebrated another accomplishment: four of the five teammates played for the same high school in Charleston six decades ago. Asked how it felt to triumph over a field of 15 competitive teams, captain...
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"There's Gratitude in My Attitude" February 2016 Athlete of the Month

Luise Easton, 77, Olmsted Falls, Ohio Luise Easton was no stranger to the triathlon when she got the notion to give it another go in 2008. “I did them years ago, but then I had several foot surgeries. I didn’t do another one for 20 years,” the former high school physical education teacher recalls. After overcoming medical hurdles, and an earlier battle to drop 100 pounds from her petite frame, Eas...
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"Buzzing Along" January 2016 Athlete of the Month

Buzz Gagne, 68, Concord, New Hampshire The most publicized event of the 2015 National Senior Games presented by Humana was the heated battle of javelins between centenarians John Zilverberg and Fred Winters, which was seen on The Today Show and on numerous media websites. While noteworthy, the cameras did not catch a younger athlete setting new records and building on his own legacy in the same sp...
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"State-to-State Recovery" December 2015 Athlete of the Month

Mike Devaney, 65, Miami, Arizona Mike Devaney only started his career as a track and race walking senior athlete last year, but his face is rapidly becoming as familiar as any of his more experienced peers. That’s because Mike, who went through a serious health scare in 2014, is acting on an inspiration to go to the 2017 National Senior Games presented by Humana, and to compete in as many qualifyi...
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"Swimming With Piranhas" - November 2015 Athlete of the Month

Rosemary Sexton, 65 Kingsport, Tennessee For Rosemary Sexton, returning home to Kingsport, Tennessee with two swimming medals from the 2015 National Senior Games presented by Humana “was right up there with my wildest expectations considering the level of competition.” She had only started training a few years ago, but her efforts resulted with a bronze medal in the 200 meter individual medley, an...
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"Fun with Fitness" October 2015 Athlete of the Month

Jim Runge, 72, Eldorado, Texas We promote Senior Games as an opportunity to find fitness, fun and fellowship. Jim Runge of Eldorado, Texas has been in the business of promoting fun, so it's natural he would want to incorporate his style into his sports. Runge, now 72, provided midway games and novelty acts for parties, corporate events and festivals for many years in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Ov...
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"Aiming for 100" September 2015 Athlete of the Month

Charlie Edwards, 96, Springfield, Virginia It's not everyone who can pick up a sport at the age of 92, overcome a last place finish at his first national event and come back undaunted and capture a gold medal two years later. For Charlie Edwards of Springfield, Virginia, it was just another interesting challenge to conquer. Now 96, Charlie took up archery on a whim, having shared an elevator ride ...
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"Nieces and Nets" August 2015 Athlete of the Month

Vickie Campbell, 62, Hillsboro, Missouri Volleyball players, like those of any team sport, speak about the way their teams become like family. For Vickie Campbell of Hillsboro, Missouri, this took on a literal meaning when she fulfilled a dream to play in the 2015 National Senior Games presented by Humana with her two nieces. However, the desire to accomplish this was based on more than a whim. "M...
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"Unexpected Plot Twists" June 2015 Athlete of the Month

Jane Pittman, 60, Alexandria, Virginia In her mid-50s, independent filmmaker Jane Pittman was looking for her next documentary subject. A friend suggested she check out the nearby NOVA United Senior Women's Basketball Association, in which more than 50 women between the ages of 50 and 76 from all around the metro Washington, DC region practice and compete. At the time, four NOVA teams were gearing...
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"Medal Worthy - In More Than One Way" May 2015 Athlete of the Month

Jane Soeten, 88, Wasilla, Alaska Jane Soeten has earned many medals as a senior athlete, including one gold and two bronze in field events at the 2013 National Senior Games presented by Humana. Last year, however, she picked up a special medal from a very different field of play when she traveled from Wasilla, Alaska to Washington, DC to receive a Congressional medal for her service in the Civil A...
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"Carving the Lanes - and Birds" April 2015 Athlete of the Month

Jim Barksdale, 80 and Jan Weisel, 55 - Steeleville, Missouri Some people take up sports as a hobby. Jim Barksdale of Steeleville, Missouri certainly has fun bowling, but considers his five decades of rolling the rock as a bit more than a hobby. Along the way he has collected a 25 year American Bowling Congress tournament plaque, multiple Missouri Senior Olympic medals of all colors, plus more gath...
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12 February 2019
Athlete of the Month
Sue Benjamin, 57 Karen Strittmatter, 58 Diane Pevny, 59 Jersey Strong 50+ Softball   It’s hard to imagine any athletes being more excited to...
05 February 2019
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Gathering learns and shares about improving Games, promoting health and wellness The National Senior Games Association (NSGA) hosted its 201...
05 February 2019
Personal Best Featured Athletes
Hope Casias, 76, San Antonio, Texas Sports offers the individual many rewards through setting goals, training and competition. It provides e...
30 January 2019
Personal Best Featured Athletes
Ron Gauvin, 60 & Patti Gauvin, 58, Milton, New Hampshire When Ron Gauvin enters an archery competition, it’s quickly noticed that someth...