GREENSBURG — It wouldn’t be overstating it to say that Bob McAuliffe believes his participation in archery is a matter of life and death.
The 87-year-old retired communications engineer said that if seniors don’t have a driving force in their lives, they will wilt away.
McAuliffe has no intention of wilting away.
He is coming off a victory in the 85-89 age group division at the Ohio Senior Olympics in Cleveland in July. That has qualified him for the National Senior Olympics, July 20-Aug. 1, 2013, in Cleveland.
His intention is to continue training hard so he can make an impact at the national event. “I shoot the bow every evening 150 to 170 times,” McAuliffe said. “That’s the total you shoot in a match.
“I lift 5-pound weights, and I run a mile about three times a week. How many 80-year-olds do you know who can run a mile and be fresh?”
McAuliffe sees it as being essential to his health to participate in a hobby. “I’ve got a friend and I asked him, ‘What have you been doing?’ He said, ‘Nothing.’
“I said, ‘Nothing is going to kill you.’ You have to stay active.”
McAuliffe said he bucks the trend.
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