Lubbock Seniors Compete at Senior Games - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/14/08

Lubbock Seniors Compete at Senior Games

About 200 participants are involved in the Lubbock Senior Games this week. They are competing in several events including track and field, swimming and cycling.

Donald Watson is about to make his 21st trip to the state competition. He's been to nationals four times, and Watson is 84-years-old. He started competing in the Lubbock Senior Games when he was 64.

"I entered in tennis and I entered in the 100 meter dash, and I ran it, and I thought I was going to die. It was so hard," said Watson.

He kept working at it and he says, "My tennis got better, and my running got better, and my health got better, and my health is way beyond what anyone could expect to have at this age."

He's come a long way since his first race20 years ago. He competes in almost every local competition in Texas, and is excited to go to state next month. So far he is qualified for state in the 50 meter run, the 100 meter run, the 200 meter run, the 400 meter run, the 1500 meter run, discuss, javalin, shot put, high jump, long jump, tennis, basketball free throws, basket ball around the world, horseshoes and washers.

After state, Watson plans on making it to nationals in San Francisco.

"You bet, I plan on qualifying in ten events," he said. 

Paula Brown, the director of the Lubbock Senior Games enjoys the competitions too.  She said her favorite part is, "To see them get out there and the motivation, and just to have fun in a sport." 

Watson doesn't plan on slowing down any time soon.  At 84-years-old, he isn't the oldest athlete. There are two 89-year-olds competing in swimming. The Lubbock Senior Games continue through Saturday. You must be at least 50 to compete, and the events are set up in five year age brackets.

 


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