Growing Bolder Grandma US Decathlon Champ!
Posted July 12, 2010, 3:08 pm in GB Topics
Add another accomplishment to the ever growing list kept by Kay Glynn. When she graduated from college she thought her athletic career had ended. But after a 30 year layoff, the 56-year-old grandmother is back on track! She has just become the new USATF Masters Female Decathlon Champion. While most of us would consider ourselves lucky to spend the summer hanging out at the beach, here's how Kay is spending the month of July:
"Last week I was doing HJ, 80H, and 300H, javelin at the USATF meet in Des Moines, IA. The next day I pole vaulted in Seward, NE. This weekend I'm doing PV, HJ, 60H, 300H in Waukesha, WI. The 18th, I will be at the Iowa Games, and July 22-25 I will be in Sacramento, CA competing in the 2010 USATF National Masters Outdoor Championships. Oh yeah, and on the 31st I will be pole vaulting in Champaign, IL at the Gill Athletics Factory Vault. So that's July!"
Kay positively glows when asked how getting involved in masters athletics has changed her life. Her answer is both interesting and unexpected. She says each meet makes her stronger, and gives her the confidence and courage to tackle other aspects of her life head on! She says her marriage of 36 years has never been better and she's been able to make some difficult personal and business decisions this year that she may not have had the strength to make.
"I closed the doors to my dance studio where I had been working for over 20 years. Deciding to close my studio was a difficult decision to make because I loved my job, but, I had a plan! My husband and I purchased a private insurance company. I work there part-time which gives me time to start a new vocation as a motivational entertainer and I am so excited about it! Oh, and thanks to leading a very active life by becoming involved in track and field I feel healthier, more fit, and happier than I have ever been in my life!"
She also was surprised to notice a very important side effect. She's become a role model to her grandchildren in a way that's been positive, healthy and rewarding. And the biggest lesson of all?
"I have learned that change can be a good thing!"
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