Septuagenarian Myrle Mensey is used to throwing weights around and breaking records as well as ranking number one in the world and, for the last 12 years #1 in the US, so she knows a thing or two about staying strong
THE BOLDER WOMAN TELLS THE STORIES OF WOMEN OVER 50 WHO CONTINUE TO BE COMPETITIVE
Presented by Chris Stafford
Podcast length: 35′ 59″
Our guest this week is multi-talented Masters Thrower Myrle Mensey from St Louis, MO who, despite becoming a septuagenarian earlier this year, continues to dominate both nationally and internationally. Her catalogue of world records is endless, both in hammer and shot put and as a coach she knows a thing or two about throwing discuss and javelin too. Despite growing up before Title IX and missing out on the school and college sports available today Myrle decided to take up Masters Athletics at the age of 50. Unfortunately she ruptured her achilles tendon two years later, which put a stop to her running so she turned her hand to throwing instead. She was ranked World Number One in 12lb weight throw from 2011-2014. And from 2007 to today Myrle is ranked number one in the USA in five or more events for 12 consecutive years. In addition to multiple records Myrle was the 2013 USA Track and Field Masters Thrower of the Year, the 2013 USA Track and Field Masters Overall Female Athlete of the Year and was inducted to the USA Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2014. She is an IAAF Level 5 Throws Coach, USA Track and Field Certified Level 3 Throws Coach and Certified USA Track and Field Level 2 for Jumps and Youth Specialization. Determined to pave the way for girls to have advice and access to sport in 2008 she established Throwing and Growing – The Myrle Mensey Foundation, which is Not-for-Profit Organization providing mentoring, educational, nutritional information and physical fitness programs for girls while participating in the throwing sports.
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