Mary Kemp, a Humana Medicare Advantage member from Fairhope, AL, is not only an amazing 96-year-old athlete, now she’s a top 10 finalist for the National Swanson Award through Silver Sneakers. She was selected as a finalist out of over 200 nominations nationwide, so it is quite an honor.
The overall winner for the Swanson Award will be selected by public vote. That’s where Humana associates can help support Mary! Voting is open until June 17. Everyone can vote one time every day during the voting period. Read more of Mary’s story and VOTE HERE.
Mary competes as a sprinter in the National Senior Olympics – sponsored by Humana – in the 50, 100, and 200 meter dash. She swept the gold medals in all three events two years ago at the age of 95, and she is a favorite to repeat in June in New Mexico. Mary will actually turn 97 in a few weeks during the Senior Games!
Mary is known as a “road-runner” on and off the track. She has always been on-the-go … physically active, walking, doing yard and house work. After studying cosmetology in high school, Mary joined the Army in 1944, completing her service in 1946. As a mother with two young children in 1955, she worked by day in an auto factory and went to school by night to get her secretarial degree. That degree provided her with a secretarial job with Owens Illinois, where she took the stairs, not the elevator, continuing the road-runner mentality, for over 25 years.
While Mary is a newbie to athletics and the Senior Games, her journey to a healthy life hit another gear at age 50, when she decided to quit smoking cold turkey after 35 years. Mary also began eating healthier, including using a juicer for fruits and vegetables. Mary is an active Silver Sneakers member and enjoys attending fitness classes five times a week. In 2017, Mary competed in the National Senior Games for the first time and won a gold medal in track for the 50-yard dash! Cheer Mary on when she competes soon in the 50M, 100M, and 200M at the 2019 National Senior Games in Albuquerque.