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Seniors stay active with virtual bowling
Local woman ranked fifth in the nation
6 Wii Bowling pic
Rachel Padgett, 83, is ranked fifth in a nationwide Wii Bowling League Tournament sponsored locally by the Dawson County Senior Center and Legacy Link. - photo by Michele Hester Dawson Community News

Rachel Padgett likes to win.

"I want to win every time," she said as she picked up the Wii controller and bowled the sixth strike of the game last Thursday afternoon.

At last count, Padgett was ranked fifth in the nation in a Wii Bowling League Tournament sponsored locally by the Dawson County Senior Center and Legacy Link.

"That's fifth in the nation, not in Georgia. That's something," she said.

Padgett and her team at the center are also nationally ranked.

"The last time we looked we were seventh. That's something too," she said.

At 83 years young, Padgett is an inspiration to her bowling team at the senior center.

"She's our champion," said Ralph Jones, who added he only bowled at a real alley one time.

"I wasn't that good at it."

On the Wii however, Jones was going for a perfect game last Thursday.

With one frame to go, the team kept their fingers crossed for one more strike, but it wasn't to be.

"You'll do it next time," Padgett said. "And look, you beat me."

Center Director Margie Weaver said the Wii entertainment system has been a blessing to the seniors.

"They're here just about every day and they love it," she said. "They're having so much fun and they're getting their exercise while they're doing it. I'm so proud of them."

Padgett said the virtual bowlers will start recruiting more players as soon as the tournament is over.

"It's a lot of fun and it keeps us active. When I started, I couldn't do anything. Now I don't want to ever lose," she said.

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