Sunday, May 29, 2005

Coasties should be proud

My retired Coast Guard brother and sis-in-law should be proud, by association, of this woman, Bett Simmons, a retired Coastie who doesn't sit still, even at age 82:

" She has won medals every year she has competed in the [National Veterans] Golden Age Games. Simmons stays in shape by swimming nonstop for 45 minutes, five days a week. She also bowls once a week.

This year, Simmons competed in the category for women age 80 and up.

"There were not very many of us," she said. "I didn't have much competition."

In swimming, Simmons won the 50-meter backstroke in 1 minute, 12 seconds, and the 50-meter freestyle in 1 minute, 15 seconds. She also won in horseshoes, and placed second in bowling, with scores of 118 and 130.

Simmons and her husband, Richard, who died 15 years ago, raised four sons, including two who served in the Army.

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