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Center to show film about National Senior Olympics competitors

By From page A5 | July 06, 2012

“Age of Champions,” a documentary about competitors who sprint, leap and swim for gold at the National Senior Olympics, will be shown at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St.

The film features a 100-year-old tennis champion, an 86-year-old pole vaulter, a team of basketball grandmothers and a pair of swimming brothers — all chasing gold at the National Senior Olympics. “The film captures the triumphant spirit of these competitors as they tackle the challenges of old age with grace, humor and optimism,” a news release said.

“Age of Champions” made its world premiere at the 2011 Silverdocs Film Festival and was heralded by the Washington Post as “infectiously inspiring.”

In addition to the film, the Davis event will feature three speakers: Keith Ochwat, the film’s producer; Steve Carlson, a Davis resident and past Senior Games champion; and Rick Powers, former Davis Aquatics Masters coach and World Senior Games coach.

Carlson holds three records in swimming, which he set in the 2009 Huntsman World Senior Games in the men’s 90-94 age bracket: 56.58 seconds in the 50-meter backstroke, 4:03.31 in the 200-meter freestyle and 8:52.99 in the 400-meter freestyle. He won gold medals in all of those races as well as the 100-meter freestyle, with a time of 1:47.7.

Powers, who actually coached Carlson, has coached swimming in 10 different countries and taught seminars in more than 40 countries.

Those planning to attend the event are asked to sign up at the Senior Center front desk or by calling the center at (530) 757-5696 so organizers know how many chairs to set up. However, those who decide to attend at the last minute may come even if they haven’t called ahead. There is no admission charge, but organizers request a $3 donation to help raise money for the center.

Enterprise staff

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