It’s been a busy summer for record-setting Shelburne senior athlete Flo Meiler. The 83-year-old track and field star has cleaned up at the National Senior Games and the Vermont Senior Games, and she has an international competition next month.
In June, Meiler competed in 11 track and field events throughout the five-day national competition in Birmingham, Ala., which brought together over 10,000 athletes from around the country. She won three gold medals in high jump, pole vault and triple jump, and she won six silver medals in hammer throw, long jump, 50m run, 100m run, 200m run, and discus. She also won two 4th place ribbons in shot put and javelin.
“I was very pleased with my performance,” Meiler said. “I don’t think there were too many people there that did all the events that I did.”
This year marked the 30-year anniversary of the biennial National Senior Games, which began in 1987. This was Meiler’s 14th time competing at the games, after first qualifying in 1991.
Two weeks after the national event, Meiler was back on the field at South Burlington High School competing in the Track and Field Championship at the 2017 Vermont Senior Games. At this four-hour event, she earned 10 gold medals in pole vault, high jump, 50m run, 100m run, 200m run, shot put, long jump, triple jump, javelin, and discus.
Next month, Meiler will compete again, representing the United States at the North and Central American and Caribbean Region of World Masters Athletics Championships held in Toronto. Senior athletes from 20 countries will take part in the event August 9-14.
Although Meiler is excited about the championship, she is also looking forward to the end of the summer season, when she will finally have a bit of a break.
“I’m hoping that after the Toronto games I can slow down for a bit, and go out to lunch with a few friends,” she said.