'I'm On My Fourth Pacemaker': 77-Year-Old Reveals How Pickleball Has Changed His Life

77 year old Pickleball player revealed how the sport has changed his life. Get all the details here.
'I'm On My Fourth Pacemaker': 77 Year Old Reveals How Pickleball Has Changed His Life

'I'm On My Fourth Pacemaker': 77 Year Old Reveals How Pickleball Has Changed His Life

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Pickleball has emerged as a new sensation among sports lovers. This racquet sport has generated ample interest as pickleball has become the go-to sport across the world.
77 year old Terry Whelpton is a living example of how sports can defy age at times. Whelpton recently participated in the U.S. Open in Naples which happens to be the world’s largest pickleball tournament.
Whelpton represented Canada at the tournament as he impressed alongside his partner Lawrence Keon. He moved to Peterborough after his retirement and has been a regular in the Peterborough pickleball community.
Whelpton also showed promise in the Canadian championship and he opened up on why he chose to play pickleball as a full fledged player. As quoted by the thepeterboroughexaminer he said, “Within 10 minutes, we both realized this was so much more fun, got significantly more exercise in a shorter period of time plus the social value of meeting potentially new friends was an added bonus.
“I am on my fourth pacemaker, and it’s important for me to stay healthy and active. Pickleball offers me the chance to be competitive at a high-level without too much stress on the heart.”
“It was actually a sport that saved my life.
“I was playing doubles squash and I was starting to feel weak and it wasn’t that hard of a match. Fortunately, I had enough sense to ask my buddies if we could stop. I’d never walked off a racquet court in my life before so I knew something was wrong.”
The U.S. Open is held in Naples every year and it is conducted across 80 outdoor courts and six feature courts. The tournament consists of more than 3000 players from all over the world. Whelpton took part in the men’s doubles 75+ and he once again proved that age is just a number.
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