90-Year-Old Dynamo Takes Home the Gold in Several Events at Keystone Games
WARMINSTER, PA - 2011 Keystone Games Olympian George Scott, a 90-year-old resident of Ann's Choice, took home the gold yesterday. Six of them to be exact!
Mr. Scott competed in the 100-meter run, 200-meter run, long jump, triple jump, shot put and hammer throw - completing a clean sweep of six out of six, adding more medals to his trophy case.
"I feel great today. Physically I feel great and I am proud of myself for my achievement. In fact, I plan on playing basketball later today," Mr. Scott said. Since 2009, when he moved to Ann's Choice, he has competed in a variety of events at the Keystone games. He won an unprecedented 17 medals last year.
According to Mr. Scott he beat out the Keystone Games' "Standard of Excellence." "I had a lot of fun participating in the games. It is always a wonderful experience."
Mr. Scott trained for his games at the Ann's Choice Wellness Center several times a week and also played basketball at the Warminster YMCA.
"I became interested in participating in the games when a friend I played basketball with suggested that I join," Mr. Scott said.
Mr. Scott's two daughters and granddaughter travelled to Harrisburg to join him at the games to root him on. He said that they help motivate him to stay in shape and continue his consistent workout regimen. He also dances to keep in shape. At Ann's Choice he met a woman he regularly dances with to stay in shape and enjoys doing so. In addition, he plays keyboard with a theatrical band at the community.
The Keystone Games are an amateur "Olympic style" game completion where athletes participate in various events different events and divisions. There are several divisions, starting from age nine, with bantam division, and ranging to 99-plus.
Mr. Scott's advice to people of all ages is simple: "I tell everyone to stay active so you can stay fit. Do a lot of walking, but most importantly do something you enjoy. You have time to do anything you really want to do."
The mission of the Keystone State Games is to promote physical fitness and sports activity as a health improvement and disease prevention strategy for all Pennsylvanians and to create an expanded, coordinated and citizen-sponsored program of physical fitness and amateur athletic competition.
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