© Jen Pottheiser
By J. Fred Sidhu
Surprise, Ariz. – For 63-year-old Stacy Colby, captain of the Mid-Atlantic States Section 8.0 women’s super senior team, the term “Super Senior” fits her like a glove.
Colby, a resident of Springfield, Va., not only excels in senior tennis, but she also competes in organized soccer and softball.
The three-sport star says she’s always loved playing sports even as a teenager in the early 1960s when she lettered in softball, field hockey and basketball at Thomas Edison High School in Virginia.
“I just like sports,” said Colby. “When they ask me my occupation, I just say ‘sports nut.’ Sports has always been my thing.”
Over the years, Colby has put together an impressive list of accomplishments in each of the three sports she competes in.
In tennis, Colby has captured USTA League National Championships at the Adult and Senior levels and has made winning a title at the Super Senior level one of her top goals.
She has captained her USTA Super Senior to three straight appearances in the National Championships. She hopes this year will be the year they win the title.
Her senior soccer team also won the Veteran’s Cup and in softball, her team won the Senior Softball World Series on two occasions. In addition, she also won a gold medal in softball at the 1997 Senior Olympics.
She also qualified for the 2009 Senior Olympics in softball and tennis in the 60-and-over division.
Being a three-sport star has its advantages according to Colby in that each sport compliments the other while she competes.
“I know when a ball is going to go out in tennis because of the soccer and softball, having to gauge for headers (in soccer) and catching the ball in softball,” Colby said.
“The quick starts and stops on the bases in softball helps in tennis and the overall running in soccer helps your endurance in tennis,” she added.
In 2003, Colby stopped playing singles on her USTA teams due to pain in her right shoulder, which limited her play to doubles. But recently, her shoulder has returned to normal and she has resumed playing singles.
“I told my Adult team if they needed a singles player, I could go out and play again,” Colby said. “It’s fun for us, playing against those youngsters.”
Colby and her Mid-Atlantic States Super Senior team advanced to Wednesday’s finals at the 2008 USTA League 6.0 & 8.0 Super Senior National Championships at the Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex as they finished flight play with a 3-0 record.
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