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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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"'Team Conaway' Supports a Victor" February 2015 Athlete of the Month

"'Team Conaway' Supports a Victor" February 2015 Athlete of the Month
HUMANA Hero: Victor Conaway, 75, Escondido, California "Team Conaway" Supports a Victor Victor Conaway is a retired mechanic and continuing education teacher who once owned his own motorcycle shop. Known among endurance racers, his favorite challenge was the grueling Baja 500 desert run in Mexico. He admits to not always taking the best care of himself, but when he needed heart surgery a dozen yea...
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"Without a Wagon" January 2015 Athlete of the Month

"Without a Wagon" January 2015 Athlete of the Month
HUMANA Hero: Inez Ross, 84, Los Alamos, New Mexico Without a Wagon Inez Ross of Los Alamos, New Mexico is a self-described "wild and crazy 84 year old retired teacher, writer, jogger, star gazer, tap dancer, and ukulele player" who enjoys traveling to state and National Senior Games with fellow runner Carolyn Robinson of Santa Fe. She trains for the 5K by jogging up and down the steep streets of L...
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"Setting His Own Pace" December 2014 Athlete of the Month

"Setting His Own Pace" December 2014 Athlete of the Month
HUMANA Hero: Harry Carothers, 71, Pinellas Park, Florida Setting His Own Pace Recently, the syndicated Daytime TV morning show, which is based with WFLA in Tampa, Florida and airs in 102 cities, featured a basketball shooting display by 71 year old Harry Carothers from nearby Pinellas Park. The spry marksman did not fail to impress the show hosts and audience, and the interview and demonstration e...
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"No More Regrets" November 2014 Athlete of the Month

"No More Regrets" November 2014 Athlete of the Month
HUMANA Hero: Susan Adams Loyd, 56, Edina, Minnesota No More Regrets When Susan Adams Loyd competes in senior track events, she proudly sprints in an official University of Minnesota women's track team uniform complete with her name on the back. She jokingly tells people "I've got four years of eligibility left - I redshirted for 38 years!" Fact is, the uniform represents a bond that developed when...
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"Isabelle's Relay" October 2014 Athlete of the Month

"Isabelle's Relay" October 2014 Athlete of the Month
HUMANA Hero: Isabelle Daniels Holston, 77, Decatur, Georgia Isabelle's Relay One of our National Senior Games athletes is best known as a member of an Olympic track relay team that won a Bronze Medal. Taken at full perspective, 77 year old Isabelle Daniels Holston's entire life can be viewed as one big relay fueled by an Olympic spirit. First Leg: Isabelle Daniels grew up in rural Georgia during s...
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"Return of the Gladiator" September 2014 Athlete of the Month

"Return of the Gladiator" September 2014 Athlete of the Month
HUMANA Heroes: Lorraine Lewis, 55, San Tan Valley, Arizona Return of the Gladiator People tell 55 year old Lorraine Lewis she should write a book about her life. After all, it's not everyone who has been an American Gladiators champion. She's started the book, but is too busy living life to finish it. Her latest chapter is this year's triumphant return to athletic competition by qualifying in tria...
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"You Gotta Have Heart(s)" August 2014 Athlete of the Month

"You Gotta Have Heart(s)" August 2014 Athlete of the Month
HUMANA Heroes: James "JJ" Jones, 68, Kansas City, Kansas You Gotta Have Heart(s) Listening to JJ Jones tell his story, it's hard not to start humming "You Gotta Have Heart" from the popular musical Damn Yankees. That's because he continues to swing a bat after not one but two heart transplants. The Kansas native spent much of his childhood in California, where he fell in love with baseball and pla...
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"Sister Act" July 2014 Athlete of the Month

"Sister Act" July 2014 Athlete of the Month
HUMANA Heroes: Janet McDonough, 56, Cranberry Township, PA and  Patty Sweetall, 54, Louisville, KY Sister Act It was like old times when sisters Janet McDonough (right in photo) and Patty Sweetall gave dominating swimming performances in Cleveland at the 2013 National Senior Games Presented by Humana. Janet, of Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania, earned four gold medals while breaking national ...
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"You Are What You Eat" June 2014 Athlete of the Month

"You Are What You Eat" June 2014 Athlete of the Month
HUMANA Hero: Michele Brown, 55, Lamar, Arkansas You Are What You Eat As a physical education teacher, 55 year old Michele Brown loves to be a role model for fitness. "Everyone who knows me says I am one of the most active and competitive people they know," says the lifelong resident of Lamar, Arkansas. "When I found out about Senior Games, I couldn’t wait until I reached the age to enter so I coul...
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"School is Never Out on Fitness" May 2014 Athlete of the Month

"School is Never Out on Fitness" May 2014 Athlete of the Month
HUMANA Heroes: May 2014 Athlete of the Month School is Never Out on Fitness When D. Paul Miller talks about the importance of exercise and shares his routine, he can't help if it sounds like he is lecturing. That's because he is a retired professor of sociology and anthropology from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, just a few miles from his home in Normal. However, the fact that he is ...
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"Finding His Rhythm" April Athlete of the Month

"Finding His Rhythm" April Athlete of the Month
Humana Hero: Dave Kirgan, 62, Bowling Green, Kentucky As a race walker, 62 year old Dave Kirgan of Bowling Green, Kentucky knows the importance of finding a rhythm and focusing on fine details to keep moving. He also knows all too well the consequences of falling out of rhythm. A career Air Force man, Dave kept in shape and always aced his annual fitness test - until he was allowed to pursue a deg...
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"Balls and Strikes" March 2014 Athlete of the Month

"Balls and Strikes" March 2014 Athlete of the Month
HUMANA Heroes: March 2014 Athlete of the Month  Balls and Strikes Bowlers at the National Senior Games in Cleveland last year may have admired one athlete with a different approach. Samuel "Doc" Morton, 76, of Newport News, Virginia, took on all comers from a wheelchair. However, none would have guessed what a gifted athlete and true hero was in their midst. Sam always excelled at every sport...
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"Winning by Losing" February 2014 Athlete of the Month

"Winning by Losing" February 2014 Athlete of the Month
HUMANA Heroes: February 2014 Athlete of the Month Winning by Losing For the first half of her life, 53 year old Dianna Laverdiere of Charlotte, Michigan enjoyed good health and an active lifestyle. Then, her career job kept her at a desk. Marriage and raising three children provided some activity, and she made efforts to exercise and enjoy some bike riding. But as time went on her situation gradua...
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"Really Cool Runnings" January 2014 Athlete of the Month

"Really Cool Runnings" January 2014 Athlete of the Month
  HUMANA Heroes: January 2014 Athlete of the Month Really Cool Runnings In the Caribbean the expression "cool runnings" means "peace be the journey." For Trinidad born and raised runner and cyclist Harris Richardson, the saying took on a literal meaning because 28 of his 69 years have been spent working and living in less-than-balmy Alaska. As a young tradesman Harris landed a job helping bui...
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"Illinois Athlete Has the 'Chi' of the Tiger" December 2013 Athlete of the Month

"Illinois Athlete Has the 'Chi' of the Tiger" December 2013 Athlete of the Month
HUMANA Heroes: December 2013 Athlete of the Month Illinois Athlete Has the “Chi” of the Tiger Dorothy Sinson of Chicago has embraced challenges for her entire life. "When I went to Oak Park High School in the 1940's the prevailing belief was that the pressures and athleticism of competing would interfere with a girl’s reproductive capacities. Well, I went out for sports anyway and somehow managed ...
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03 October 2017
Athlete of the Month
HUMANA Hero: John White, 66, Milwaukee, Wisconsin John White takes his sports seriously, make no mistake about it. But we’ve noticed that ev...
25 September 2017
Athlete of the Month
HUMANA Hero: Candace Kennedy-Hess, 63, Kintnersville, Pennsylvania Six years ago, Candace Kennedy-Hess thought her cycling days were long ov...
01 August 2017
Athlete of the Month
HUMANA Hero: Curt Davison, 92, Kirkwood, Missouri Curt Davison is not known to throw his weight around, other than on the field of play...
11 July 2017
Athlete of the Month
HUMANA Hero: Wanda Newsom, 77, Taylor, Texas Birthdays seem to bring extra luck for Wanda Newsom. She won her first archery gold medal ...