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Conrad to continue as state senior games head
Jul 15, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
Marty Conrad learned Friday that he will be the president of the Wyoming Senior Olympic Games for one more year.
Conrad became the president in 2011 after being on the state board of directors for the past six years. Conrad lives in Lander.
"It has been a great experience because I have talked to a lot of people throughout the state, as well as in other states," Conrad said. "Volunteers are the main backbone of the Wyoming Senior Olympics."
The best highlight for Conrad was seeing a 95-year-old woman run in the 100 meters during the state games when he was president.
"After we gave her the gold medal, she told us that she lives for this every day," Conrad said. "That just blew me away."
Conrad said there is a 96-year-old man in the state games this weekend in Casper.
"It's just about those people who are training every day," Conrad said. "They are just looking forward to being in the games. When people in their 80s or 90s train, they look forward to something."
"The communication factor that we have is really good," Conrad said.
This is the first year the games are in Casper. Cheyenne hosted the previous two events.
"There are some great people that put on the senior games," Conrad said. "People travel throughout the state just to be in it -- not only to compete, but to see who is there."
Conrad was surprised when he was nominated to be the president of the Wyoming Senior Games.
"I was really honored because I'm the only Native American on the board," Conrad said. "I was very proud of it."
Conrad is a 60-year-old senior games athlete. He started to participate in the games in the 1980s.
"It means a great deal to stay healthy and to eat healthy," Conrad said. "I train all year long. I run on the track. I play a lot of tennis. I'm training to take good care of myself."
Conrad was diagnosed as a diabetic six years ago.
"I still intend to compete and work out while watching my blood sugar and eating healthy foods," Conrad said. "Just because these health issues have happened, that doesn't mean stop."
During the year, Conrad works with the other teachers at the Lander schools.
"I go help the teachers," Conrad said. "Anytime you can go see six or seven teachers a day and you see their teaching styles, it's a wonderful experience."
Conrad said he still has six more years left in the working world.
"I like the teachers that are coming in," Conrad said. "These young teachers have a new way of teaching."
As a competitor, Conrad focuses on track and field, basketball and tennis.
"We need more participates in tennis," Conrad said. "We don't have many tennis players."