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Reiss repeats triple gold effort at 2010 Florida Senior Games

By Staff | Dec 22, 2010

Sanibel resident Dale Anne Reiss proudly displays the three gold medals she won at the Florida Senior Games, held recently in Cape Coral.

For the second year in a row, Dale Anne Reiss is as good as gold.

Reiss, a part-time Sanibel resident, took part in the powerlifting competition at the 2010 Florida Senior Games, returning to the island on Dec. 11 with three gold medals. It was also the second consecutive year that the fit and feisty athlete garnered a golden trio.

In the Female Masters 60-64 Raw Bench Press division, Reiss lifted 110 pounds to earn top honors. In the Raw Deadlift competition, she lifted 200 pounds to best the group. Reiss’ combined 310 pound effort was also worthy of winning the gold.

“I won three golds in 2009, recalled Reiss, 63 years young. “But last year, my combined weight was only 235 pounds, which means I improved by about 30 percent.

So, how did Reiss add that amount of strength in the past year?

“Last year, I started prepping for the Senior Games about six weeks before the competition. It was an impulsive decision,” she said. “This year, I dedicated a lot more time to training.

Like she did in 2009, Reiss worked with personal trainer Laurie Curry, who assured her that the more she focused on her goals, the better the results she would have.

Reiss happily admits that Curry was correct.

“I was very pleased to have that much of an improvement,” she added. “At the Games, you’re not really competing against the other athletes. You’re competing against yourself.

The 19th Annual Florida Senior Games, held at various Lee County venues over nine days, welcomed more than 2,200 athletes — aged 50 and older — in competitions including running, racewalking, billiards, tennis, racquetball, shuffleboard, basketball shooting, cycling, golf and pickleball, among others.

In a game that best exemplified the spirit of the Florida Senior Games State Championships, the 80+ Magic Seniors Basketball team defeated the Collier County Barons 80+ team, 16-14, in overtime at Estero Community Park on Dec. 10

Ron Harp hit a pair of free throws in a sudden death overtime period to seal the victory and the gold medal for the Magic Seniors, their ninth since 1994. The Magic Seniors have also won the last four National Senior Games in their age group.

The Magic Seniors overcame an 8-2 halftime deficit and outscored the Collier County Barons 12-6 in the second half to force the sudden death overtime.

“I also missed a couple of free throws that would have avoided the overtime,” said Harp, who led the team in scoring with six points.

The 2010 Games were the final year of an unprecedented five-year run in Southwest Florida. No other Florida community has hosted the annual Olympic-style sports festival for as many consecutive years. The 2011 Florida Senior Games State Championships will be held in Polk County from Dec. 3-11, 2011.