Rookie Sprinter, Mable Sager and her Coach Christine!
The New Year is full of resolutions to pursue new challenges. How about launching an athletics career at 78?? My beloved "Auntie", Mable Sager did just that launching her track and field career this year coached by my All-American sprinting Mom, Christine Davis.
My Mom wrote the article below about her best friend, sister and athlete! ~ anthony davis
Mable Sager, a 78 year old resident of Prattville, Ala. participated in the Emerging Elite Athlete Track and Field Invitational competition in Oxford, Alabama on December 1, 2018. For over 4 months, Mrs. Sager has been training at the track at Prattville Junior High School, formerly North Highland High School. Chris Davis, Mrs. Sager’s Coach and Sister has been working with her and several other Autauga County residents to promote their general health and well being through physical activity.
In August 2018, Christine started the Prattville Walkers group using the Go4Life Exercise and Physical Activity guidelines approved by the National Institute on Aging. Through weekly training sessions, Ms. Davis stressed the importance of regular exercise and physical activity to improve overall physical and mental health. According to the National Institute on Aging, the benefits of regular exercise indicate that it is an effective treatment for many chronic conditions such as arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, balance problems and difficulty walking .
Speedy Siblings, Christine and Mable proud of their Gold!
Several months ago, Mable Sager realized she needed to include physical activity in her lifestyle regime. Using the Go4life guide, Ms. Sager gradually incorporated endurance, strength, balance and flexibility exercises in her daily routine. After several months of training, Mrs. Sager decided to test her performance at a higher level and registered to compete in the 60 meter track event sponsored by the Emerging Elite Athlete.
Christine Davis actually inspired our flaship iON product years ago, encouraging me to hit an epsom salt bath after middle school track practices! The mix is modernized a bit but even more effective! ~ a.d.
On December 1, 2018, at 78 years of age, Mrs Sager competed in her first EVER track meet She ran in the 60m dash with several women in different age divisions and obtained first place for her age group. She actually beat All American standard of 16.40 with a time of 14.94 seconds! Following the completion of the competition, Mrs. Sager stated she was pleased with her performance and she is looking forward to her next race. At the conclusion of the event, Mrs. Sager received outstanding accolades from the spectators and athletes and a gold medal. Through competition in the Emerging Athlete Track and Field event, Mrs. Sager has set a new standard for older adults to run their own race. Christine Smith Davis has also used this platform to encourage other older adults to compete in the National Seniors Games.
"You can do whatever you set your mind to do" ~ Mable Sager
(Christine Smith Davis is a National Senior Games competitor and will represent Alabama at the National Seniors Games in Albuquerque, New Mexico in the 60 and 100 meter sprints on June 14 - 25, 2019. Davis also previously competed in the World Masters Games in Melbourne, Australia in 2002 and placed 8th in the world in the 100 meter sprint.)
Mable's Coach, Christine Davis is a great athlete in her own right! She was ranked 7th in the 2017 World 50m dash for women 65-69 with a time of 8.85 seconds and 10th in the US 65-69 100m lists! (Check out her Rankings at www.mastersrankings.com) Here she is showing her grandson how to properly execute a drive phase out of the blocks!
God is allowing me to help many athletes achieve their goals. I'd say coming back home and creating an environment where these kids can see more through sports; whether it be becoming a state champion, getting scholarships, running in out of state meets/invitations, USATF Youth circuits, etc... That gives the WHOLE town a since of achievement.
- Christine Davis
Christine "Mimee" Davis competing at the 2016 Maine Senior Games!
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