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Local senior athlete wins bronze at national senior games

11:59 AM, Aug 13, 2013   |    comments
Shirley Chase, 88
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Shirley Chase, 88, of St. Augustine won a bronze medal in swimming at the National Senior Games in Cleveland Ohio, according to a City of Jacksonville press release.

Chase competed in the 500 Freestyle, clocking in at 18:19.61. She was one of 16 senior athletes from Jacksonville competing at the 2013 National Senior Games held from July 20 - August 1.

More than 10,000 athletes, ages 50 and over competed in 19 sports. 568 senior athletes were from Florida.

"Shirley's bronze medal serves as inspiration for us all to remain dedicated to an active lifestyle," said Mayor Alvin Brown. "Her accomplishment is the product of hard work and determination. She has made her city proud."

Chase, who qualified at the City of Jacksonville Senior Services Division's Jacksonville Senior Games, won four swimming gold medals in the 85 - 89 age group in the 2012 State Championships.

The Senior Service Division will be hosting its annual Senior Games this year from September 30 - October 5. Area senior citizens are encouraged to join in on this fun, healthy event.

For more information regarding competing in the 2013 Jacksonville Senior Games, please call (904) 630-7392 or visit Forever Fit 50 and Beyond: Jacksonville Senior Games.

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