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Masters Sport: The Inside Story

Bevan C Grant, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand; Mary Ann Kluge and Linda Glick; University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, USA; Rylee Dionigi, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, Australia

Each year more people over 60 years of age opt to compete in Masters sport. But being (or, becoming) a competitive athlete at this stage of life is never straightforward. What could and should the older body do? From the limited research on Masters sport it is evident that the experiences of older athletes across a variety of sports are expansive, dynamic and completely imbued with multiple interpretations. This symposium includes information about the growth of Masters sport worldwide and considers the challenges associated with participating in sport in the later years. Examples of the complexity of the experience of being an older athlete will be told through stories obtained from the presenters’ respective research. This includes a documentary that chronicles what it was like for a nonathletic 65-year-old woman who "leaps out of her decade" and trains for Senior Games track and field competition.


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The story of senior athletes and their desire to push past their personal limits.

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