ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Three athletes from northwest Alabama are competing at the National Senior Games in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Rosalyn Fabianke of Red Bay and Dan L. Hendricks of Florence qualified in swimming last summer at the Alabama Games in Birmingham. Rosalyn’s husband, Dr. Rayard Fabianke, will also compete. He qualified in four track and field events - hammer throw, discus, javalin, and shot put.
“We are so excited to participate in the Senior Olympics,” said Rosalyn Fabianke. “The National Finals competition is one of the largest athletic events in the world.” Rosalyn serves on the Governor’s Commission on Physical Fitness and Sports.
Hendricks won gold in three sprint events and returned to a first love he had as a child. “I spent every summer at the pool. I loved the competition.”
Later he coached swim teams in Evansville, Indiana and Owensboro, Kentucky. He also was an assistant swim coach at Duke.
The 71 year old Hendricks retired three years ago from the University of North Alabama where he was Vice President of Advancement.
His professional career also included stints at Purdue, Western Illinois, and Louisiana State universities. Hendricks will compete in the 50-meter breast stroke, 50-meter freestyle, and 50 meter back stroke events.
Dr. Fabianke’s track involvement also goes back to his youth. He participated with the football and the track & field programs as a Texas Longhorn. That all reflects on an early life commitment to health and physical activity. He is board-certified in sports medicine and practices what he preaches.
“Like life-long learning, physical fitness is a lifelong goal worth pursuing. It’s also lots of fun,” Rayard Fabianke said.