Our Oldest Participant is Very Young at Heart
Meet George Conway
(George Conway mailed me this article reprinted from the Massachusetts Senior Olympics publication. George is our most experienced New England Walker member.)
MILTON - George has been the oldest Massachusetts Senior Games participant in our very brief 7 year history. Born in 1902, George has 8 children, 23 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren.
George joined an exercise and swim program at the South Shore YMCA in Quincy at the age of 80 in 1983. George will tell one and all that exercise is benefi- cial at any age and it adds years to your life and life to your years. In 1984, he entered the Quincy Senior Olympics competing in the 1/2 mile walk, the 1 mile walk, the 3 mile walk, the javelin throw, the shot put, and bowling. After learning the correct race walking form, he competed in many national championship events. Between 1987-1993, George set new world records in the masters walk division (85-89) 3K - time = 24:40, 10K = 82:44, and the one hour walk doing 6,947 meters. In the 90-94 age group, he set marks for the 1OK = 89:55 and the one hour walk at 6,797 meters.
In the Massachusetts Senior Games, George holds the record for the 90-94 age category in the following events: javelin at 35'7", 1500 Race Walk at 13:45.59, 5K Race walk at 45:35, and the Shot Put at 19'3". In the 95-99 age category, George holds the record in the following events: Shot Put at 15'8.5" and the 1500 Race Walk at 14.41. George's weekly schedule includes 3 workouts per week.
In 1997, George was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Massachusetts Governor's Committee on Physical Fitness and Sports and the Elder Affairs Fitness Subcommittee.
As you can guess, George is an energetic and personable individual who is willing to share his experiences with others. We are looking forward to having him back at Springfield College in June of 1999. Why not stop at the track or at the banquet and say hello to George?
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