Age No Barrier For Selkirk Snowshoe Athlete
For snowshoe athlete, Shirley Lavallee, giving it her all on the course doesn't take a second thought. The 65 year old from Selkirk, MB proves that age is no deterrent to success in Special Olympics. She even walks to and from her weekly practices with her home club, Interlake Athletics.
"I feel good. [Being here] makes me stronger and keeps me healthy," says Shirley. "I don't really feel my age because I stay healthy and I exercise a lot."
On the National Stage, she stays calm, cool, and collected - whether it's a preliminary or a final race. Athletes of any age could learn a thing or two from Shirley; her bright spirit, supportive attitude, and kind demeanor make her a wonderful teammate.
"She's successful despite her age because she is so coach-able," remarked her Team Toba Head Coach, Sabrina Klassen. "She is extremely willing to listen to her coaches and implement whatever it is that is being asked of her. Whatever the task, she will find her own way to do it and always gives 100%."
Talking to Shirley, she can immediately put a smile on your face. She genuinely loves being a part of the team.
"My favorite part of this week has to be how much I'm enjoying snowshoeing," she beamed. "[I love] the running, but now i'm finished and I can rest."
When asked if she planned on trying to make the 2022 National Simmer Game Team she was all smiles and told us that she couldn't wait to try her best at running track.
Shirley is truly an inspiration to all!