Rita Hanscom was selected as Master’s Track and Field Athlete of the Year for 2009.
Rita Hanscom (San Diego, Calif.): Named World Masters Athlete of 2009 by the IAAF and World Masters Athletics after winning five gold medals in Lahti and setting a world record in the W55 heptathlon. She’s a deputy attorney general for the state of California.
The photo above is from the 2009 Master’s Track & Field Outdoor World Championships in Lahti, Finland. It was a privilege to meet Rita and her son and daughter.
In Finland, there was a sense of community and fellowship among the 5,300 athletes from 80 countries. It’s challenging to explain. It was unique, competitive, healthy and vibrant, supportive. Amazingly supportive.
Who couldn’t use as much of that that the law will allow, in pursuing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle?
Click hereto go to the WMA Masters Athletics Track & Field 2010 Indoor World Championships in Kaamloops, British Columbia.
Most likely, I’ll be the only one clicking on the link. Why? Because there are not too many people smart enough over 40 years old (any age really), who focus on their wellness as much as I’m motivated to do.
Why? Well, um, well, I really don’t know. Probably has something to do with an unresolved emotional issue or a predisposition to over-achieve. Everyone has unique quirks. Staying healthy is one of mine.