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Hello I'm Julie Banderas and this is fox extra the documentary age of champions follows five competitors his swim and run and leap for gold at the national senior Olympics.
These athletes of overcome cancer arthritis and other health challenges and show how not to let age get in the way.
Keep -- watt one of the producers and the director Christopher Rufo is here.
To share some other stories thank you so much for joining us -- Chris we appreciate it -- I'll start with you what what.
First of all made you decide to follow these athletes he's our senior athletes and what do you mean by senior really.
So seniors fifty plus -- that's what that yet to be fifty to 100 plus to compete in the senior Olympics and the reason we decided to make this film this.
We believe the senior Olympics is the best kept secret exports over 300000.
Athletes who are fifty to 100 plus compete.
In a myriad of sports from track and field to.
Swimming and basketball volleyball.
And you know we're both filmmakers and -- in her twenties and when we heard about this idea that that these seniors get together and compete at this level we knew we had a good story.
That's pretty often told about some of the competitors that that you met while you're telling -- shares of the film features a 100 -- tennis champion from Cape Cod.
-- hundred years old hundred years old.
Another gentleman -- a full time cattle -- answer he's 86 and also a champion world record holding pole vaulter.
And then you know -- I want.
86 years old eighties example we'll -- I mean it's amazing and do that would have as a high school with yeah well I wouldn't do it now you know he's not is -- -- -- You don't let it I guess tell us about some of the competitors you know in what impressed you most about them I mean first of all the hundred year old stand -- to me is being obviously the oldest was at the oldest competitor that you -- -- -- have told about this 100 year old.
Well Roger -- home.
He's -- he's a great tennis player he's 100 but he's really I would say first he's he's a good tennis player in fact.
Chris -- when we started filming on at the time we're both men are.
Mid twenties and down you know we felt we felt like gotten you know we're pretty good shape we could take on the challenge that I in his 94 real doubles partner challenged us and I say well hey let's take it easy on and we just got here -- -- upset them.
And before we can change your strategy we learned that Roger had a few tricks up his sleeve in and they beat us how badly to -- -- I don't want talk about it.
I -- thought the -- -- -- -- we're pretty Matty I don't that you guys playing tennis do you have any experience going into events no doubt that still not next to their punitive -- think they had about a 130 years on -- -- what does it say about health and fitness an aging altogether mean.
Is that part of that message that you're trying to get across in this in this documentary absolutely you know with agent champions we've had over 15100 screenings across the country.
In theaters film festivals and sort but.
Really most of our screenings have taken place it senior living communities senior centers and other community venues where people can host -- -- buyer does inspire this year sitting in the chair and should be getting up and doing something I mean it'll make a little longer absolutely and keep your mind sharper too we find that you know the body in the mind is so.
So interconnected and without the athletes that we profiled -- the senior athletes we came across -- When they're active when they have a gold but they're constantly moving towards their minds are sharper too and they have -- -- these communities that surround them to support them thank you very much both of you for coming in and and talking to us really appreciate it and boy wow ambitious -- -- your twenties and your during that that's amazing in itself.
To find out more about the -- age of champions -- -- -- -- -- champions dot -- thanks for watching -- -- -- Julie Banderas.
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