This week, we talk to Margaret Olawoye, a retired teacher from Chicago, Illinois. She has played, among other sports, softball, racquetball, tennis, basketball, track and field and now pickleball – one of the fastest growing sports, particularly among the senior population. She's in the Chicago 16” softball hall of fame, a Senior Games athlete and a huge sports and fitness advocate. Margaret talks about how she got into sports in a time when organized sports weren't available to girls and tells us how she got into pickleball later in life. Plus, Margaret shares her "anything goes" perspective when it comes to trying a new sport.
SEASONED ATHLETE STATS - MARGARET OLAWOYE
Sport(s): pickleball, racquetball, softball, track & field, table tennis, badminton, soccer, archery, and, well, anything she decides she wants to do!
Quote: "Play everything!"
EVERYDAY SEASONED ATHLETE - MARLA SWEENEY
Each week, we start our show with our featured EVERYDAY SEASONED ATHLETE. In this segment, we shine the spotlight on athletes over age 40 from a variety of backgrounds and skill levels.. Our Everyday Seasoned Athletes will be sharing why they do what they do and what they’ve learned along the way – all in their own words. This week, we feature obstacle racer - and recent Spartan Race World Championships Beast race finisher Marla Sweeney.
EVERYDAY SEASONED ATHLETE STATS - MARLA SWEENEY
Age: 71 (with a birthday this week!)
Sport: obstacle racing
Quote: "You take the strengths that you have in your body and you help compensate for the weaknesses."
We're looking for athletes of all levels to tell their Everyday Seasoned Athlete stories! If that sounds like you, go HERE and tell us a bit about yourself!