VANDALIA — It is well-documented that part of living a long, healthy life is exercise. Four area seniors have taken that message to heart — and then some.
Joyce Mason, 76, Carol Cross, 72, Jim Frantz, 72, and Ted Schmidt, 73, recently competed in the Ohio Senior Olympics and are preparing to compete in next summer’s national event in Minneapolis.
Mason, who lives in Butler Township, competed in the javelin throw and won a gold medal, the discus throw (silver), and shot put (bronze).
Mason, who has competed in national events, said competing is inspiring.
“The exercise keeps you fit, and I want to be eligible to attend nationals next summer,” she said. “It is very inspiring to walk into the stadium with over 10,000 other athletes.”
Cross, of Huber Heights, won gold medals in the softball and football throw, a silver in javelin, and bronze medals in discus and shot put. She said competing is fun, but meeting other competitors is an added benefit.
“I want to stay healthy and maintain my health as much as I can,” said Cross. “You meet some of the nicest people at the Senior Olympics.”
She said that other seniors can exercise as well in order to improve or maintain their health, and it doesn’t have to be competition.
“You don’t have to throw javelin or discus,” said Cross. “Walking is just as beneficial.”
Frantz and Schmidt hail from Tipp City and compete in corn hole. The duo won silver in the doubles competition and Frantz also won gold in the regional competition in Westerville.
Schmidt said there are many benefits to competing.
“It’s a little bit of a workout, and you have fun while getting exercise,” he said. “You also meet a lot of great people.”
Frantz says competing fills many needs.
“This fills the need of the competitive spirit,” he said. “I enjoy competing and meeting so many great people. I’ve made a lot of friendships.”
The 2015 National Senior Games will be held July 3-16 in Bloomington, Minneapolis, and St. Paul, MN.