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Because Market is proud to be sponsoring six incredible women at this year's National Senior Athletic Games organized by the National Senior Games Association (NSGA). These extraordinary women are changing the narrative on what's possible for athletes over 60. Pushing back against stereotypes of the limits aging bodies face, these women take back their autonomy, health, and happiness as they Live Life Fully.
Well, I'm going to brag for a moment. I've won medals every year at the Maryland Senior Olympics. I've won two gold medals, two silver medals in singles, and one bronze in doubles. But I think my favorite is the first gold medal that I won in Houston in 2011. I actually beat a lady from another state who plays every day and has note cards on how to make the shots. I beat her by two points, and she was mortified.
But really, they're all favorites. And if I don't win one, I don't win one. But it sure is nice to hear it clanging around your neck as you're walking through the convention center.
Beth Wheeler proudly wears her medals from past competitions.
I take a water exercise class once a week. I've been doing that for probably 10 years now. Before that, I played softball two to three nights a week. Unfortunately, my knees don't let me do that anymore. At the beginning of the year, one of our local senior centers decided to offer a session on shuffleboard, so we were able to use the equipment that the Maryland Senior Olympics has and set up courts indoors. We have that twice a week for about an hour, and I try to go at least once a week.
Being part of the NSGA is sort of hard because you only compete every two years, so you only see those people every two years. But they're still friends. We're still welcoming of each other. And I think playing sports, whether it's individual or on a team—you're still part of a team because you're playing a sport. And I've made lifetime friends. I can't go anywhere without running into somebody that I've played against. When you go to the Nation Senior Games, it's an opportunity to meet other people and just have a good time.
Beth Wheeler in action during a shuffleboard match up.
Just to stay active and engaged for as long as possible and as much as possible. The bottom line is to have fun while doing it and meet new people. In a YouTube video that we had done about us for the Maryland Senior Olympics, my friend asked me at the very end with a big grin on her face, “Can I buy you a beer afterward?” The answer is yes!
Beth Wheeler is all smiles after a successful competition.
Stay tuned for more exclusive content from the 2023 National Senior Games, advice on how to get active, and interviews from our inspiring athletes.
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