LIFE Center member shines in Senior Olympics

Nadine Carver of Minford, OhioFor more than 25 years, the SOMC LIFE Center has provided full service fitness and rehabilitation to southern Ohio. It is a natural stop for those wishing to get healthier, but there are some whose interest in fitness goes beyond shedding a couple of pounds. There are some, like Minford’s Nadine Carver, for whom LIFE Center visits could be considered training.

Since 2007, Nadine has been a regular participant in the national Senior Olympics. She describes her age as “not as old as the years say” – a claim bolstered by the contents of her trophy case. It is home to hundreds of medals, including two gold, two silver and three bronze earned at national competitions across the United States.

The Senior Olympics began in 1985, and now hosts a national competition every two years. As part of these competitions, Nadine has qualified for, and competed in, games in California, Texas and – most recently – Cleveland. She has also found success in numerous regional and state competitions throughout Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia.

She focuses on track and field, with both of her national gold medals coming by way of the high jump. She has also competed in the triple jump, long jump, 50-yard dash and 100-yard dash. But even with all of her success, Nadine admits that she doesn’t enter these competitions with any sort of formal preparation.

She did not compete in athletics while in high school – she says it wasn’t an option at the time – and she does not have a personal trainer.

“(The first time I competed) I didn’t know what I was doing, and I still don’t,” Nadine said. “I just run and jump. I exercise and I move, but I really don’t train.”

What she does have is a desire to stay active, which is something that SOMC hopes to encourage and facilitate for others as well. In that spirit, SOMC has a variety of annual events that focus on health and fitness, such as Run For Your LIFE and the Tri For Your LIFE Sprint Triathlon.

On November 16, SOMC will also be hosting an “Ash Dash” to coincide with the Great American Smokeout. The Ash Dash is a run/walk with obstacles that will raise awareness about the dangers of tobacco use while incorporating fitness designed to test your limits and get the adrenaline pumping.

These events present opportunities to remain active and live a healthier life, and Nadine has seen first hand that it’s never too late to take advantage of them.

“In the Senior Olympics, I’ve watched a 100-year-old man who was still competing at tennis. I saw a 93-year-old do the pole vault in California,” Nadine said. “It’s inspirational.”

For more information about upcoming health-related events, or how you can improve your overall health, call contact SOMC Community Health and Wellness at 740-356-2720 or the SOMC LIFE Center at 740-356-7650.