While there are those who fear getting older, when you are a competitor, there is a certain appeal to your next birthday. Even running a local 5K provides age groups for runners to take first among those in similar age. On the larger scale, the National Senior Games (NSGA) promotes healthy and active lifestyles for athletes 50 and over. The NSGA is a recognized organization of the United States Olympic Committee, so this is not your local 5K.

Recently, several of our YMCA members displayed excellence on this national stage. Jeanne Osborn and Sallie McCutcheon represented their home branch Legacy Foundation Chris-Town Y, Peter Eisenklam (Mesa Y), Shimon Zilversmit (Lincoln Downtown Y), Gynt Clifford and Billie Spencer (Southwest Valley Y) and John Ahrens (Scottsdale Y) competed in the 2013 National Senior Games at the end of July in Cleveland, Ohio. Not only did these members compete, many took home gold medals.

Osborn and McCutcheon both competed in golf. McCutcheon took home gold with a 247 (83-81-83) in the Women’s 70-74 division. Osborn shot a 274.1 (93-93-88) in the Women’s 65-69 division. Eisenklam competed in swimming and Ahrens in track (400 m dash).

Spencer and Clifford used their experience in the Southwest Valley Y’s Olympic-sized pool to compete in swimming. Clifford put on her best Michael Phelps impression and took home 6 golds: 200 yard freestyle, 100 yard free, 50 yard free, 100 yard butterfly, 50 yard fly, 100 yard IM.

Click for more information about the National Senior Games and Age of Champions, a documentary about the Games.

Congratulations to these YMCA members who strive for a healthy lifestyle and go above and beyond to compete nationally. What is your workout today?

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