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Meet an “AMAZING!” who competes for the fun of it!

Don Pellmann, now 101, at the age of 100 was the oldest man to compete the San Diego Senior Olympics – at which time he set five world records in track and field, in the high jump, long jump, shot put, discus and 100-meter dash. He is the first centenarian to clear an official height in the high jump. Over the past 30 years, Don has competed in 127 meets, which add up to a total of almost 900 events, in which he’s garnered 885 gold medals and five silver medals. Of his truly astonishing accomplishments, Don simply says, “It’s been fun.” Now there’s a winner’s attitude!

For more, go to #MeetTheAmazings, MeetTheAmazings.com
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Meet an “AMAZING!” who thrives on her commitment to community!

JEAN KREJCI, 82, prefers not to be the one shoveling snow in her home town of Lincoln, NB, but she’ll do it when it’s needed! A retired community health educator and diversity trainer, Jean received her PhD in Medical Anthropology at the age of 57. She also lived and worked in Columbia for 6 years where she taught, was a community organizer, and director of a community center. A bright, kind woman with a big heart, Jean continues to be very active in the community, doing health and wellness training for seniors, as well as advocating for diversity and inclusion in the community. And participates in a weekly Spanish conversation group (given her fluent Spanish) to help others learning the language. A truly well-filled life!

For more, go to #MeetTheAmazings, www.MeetTheAmazings.com

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Meet an “AMAZING!” whose lifelong mantra is “protect and serve”!

LT. THOMAS B. JACOCKS, at 84, retired from the Montgomery County Police Dept. amid congratulations and kudos from his fellow police officers, after 61 years on the force. And yes, he did work his way up through the ranks. Not that he’s leaving entirely – he will be continuing as a volunteer! Which is not surprising, given that Lt. Jacocks wanted to be a police officer since the tender age of 6, which after his stint in the Korean War, he proceeded to become.

In addition to his police career, and raising his family of 5, he’s served for thirty years with the Maryland Special Olympics program.

For more, go to MeetTheAmazings.com, #MeetTheAmazings

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Meet an “AMAZING!” whose star-power never fades!

RITA MORENO, 86, dynamic Puerto Rican-American actress, dancer and singer, takes to the screen once again, this time working with Norman Lear in the re-make of “One Day at a Time,” on Netflix. A working artist for over 70 years, Rita is one of only 12 performers to have won an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy and a Tony. Among her many other awards, Rita received the Presidential Medal of Freedom – quite a feat, given her humble beginnings as the daughter of a seamstress and a farmer!

For more Amazings, go to #MeetTheAmazings, www.MeetTheAmazings.com

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Meet an “AMAZING!” with a lifelong passion for cycling!

Although JOHN SANMARTINI, 86, had loved riding bicycles ever since he was a youth, he was only able to take up competitive cycling at 55, once he retired. He certainly has made up for lost time since then! He’s ridden competitively in both the Huntsman World Senior Games and the National Senior Games for over 25 years. Not only that, but he was inducted into the Huntsman World Senior Games Hall of Fame – quite a feat! In the past few years he’s ridden with his local Velo Avanti team. John stays in shape in order to ride, and trains five days a week on three different bicycles, all for the love of the sport.

For more, go to #MeeTheAmazings, MeetTheAmazings.com
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Meet an “AMAZING!” who is living proof that it’s never too late!

ERNESTINE SHEPHERD, 80, began her career as a competitive bodybuilder in a most unusual way: she was a model for many years in Baltimore, who at 56 years of age, noticed her body wasn’t in shape anymore. That led to aerobics classes, which quickly led to bodybuilding. Since then, Ernestine has won 2 bodybuilding titles, made it into the Guiness Book of Records, and has run 9 marathons. She currently runs about 80 miles a week, leads exercise classes for seniors, and works as a personal trainer. Oh, and wrote a book on fitness in her spare (?) time! #MeetTheAmazings, http://www.MeetTheAmazings.com


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Jim Dowie, age 83, picked up his first golf club at the tender age of 64. Since then, he has hit a remarkable golfing milestone--he’s played on over 300 golf courses in 26 different countries. He simply took his golf clubs with him wherever he and his wife (who also golfs) went, and along the way, the idea came to him to play as many courses as possible. He’s thinking of going for 400.

In addition, Jim sings in a local choir, plays tenor horn in a brass band and enjoys Scottish Country dancing. He recently taught himself to play the piano accordion and now plays in a small ceilidh band. It does make one wonder what he’ll be on to next!

For more Amazings, go to #MeetTheAmazings, MeetTheAmazings.com
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