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Nursing Alumni Wins Gold in Senior Olympic Games

Alumni Anne Cholod with her Senior Olympic Games medals
Alumni Anne Cholod with her
Senior Olympic Games medals

She is a Class of 1957 Diploma Nursing Graduate and may have retired from nursing, but Anne Cholod is keeping busy with family, friends, committees and... competing in the Senior Olympic Games! This past September, Anne played tennis in the mixed doubles competition with her partner Les in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Not only did they compete in the 75 years and over category, they won gold! But her winning doesn't stop there. She also won bronze with her partner Stephanie in the women's 75 years and over group.

Anne started playing competitive tennis in 1992 at age 62 when she and her husband spent the winters in Arizona. When asked about the sport, Anne replied, "What I enjoy most about playing tennis or any sport is the fellowship, fun and fitness". She concluded by simply saying, "It keeps me young."

Although winning gold and bronze medals at the Senior Olympic Games definitely tops the chart, first place finishes are nothing new to Anne. She has competed in over seven competitions from Arizona to Medicine Hat, Alberta to Summerside, Prince Edward Island, earning first place in almost every competition.

All-around athlete? You could say so. In 2004, to make room for others who wanted to go to Nationals, Anne shifted from Tennis to compete in Track and Field. After brief lessons in sprinting, discus throw, shot put and javelin throw, she competed in five events in Whitehorse, Yukon in 2004 and Portage la Prairie, Manitoba in 2006, winning gold medals in all categories. It doesn't stop there. In the Tennis and Track and Field Masters Games in 2008 in Regina, Anne placed second in the 100 metre sprint, second in javelin and third in shot put.

Congratulations Anne! As one of our many outstanding alumni, the College of Nursing is very proud of you!