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Meeting The Challenge – Senior Athletes

Meeting the Challenge is a 2010 documentary film about senior athletes. In this trailer for Meeting the Challenge we meet Ron Chilton, who competes in twelve track and field events at the Regional and State Senior Olympic Games and has won over 200 medals. Chilton tells us that he only got involved in sports as a senior. We see images of Chilton and other seniors running, high jumping, javelin throwing, discus throwing, and shot putting.


What group of people does Meeting the Challenge represent?

In this trailer, what sports do we see seniors participating in?

In what ways does this trailer challenge our conceptions about what seniors are capable of?

Can you think of any other media examples that depict senior citizens as strong, vibrant and athletically capable?

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