Getting older can be a difficult realization to handle. One day you wake up and you don’t move as fast as you used to and too much exercise can hurt you for weeks. It’s just a fact of life.
Men like Curtis Clark and Chris Meyer have torn that principle apart and proven that 50 is the new 25.
The annual Steamboat Doubles Volleyball Tournament, hosted by Volleyball of the Rockies, kicked off on Thursday, July 21 with Men’s and Women’s Dinosaur 80 divisions at the Howelsen Sand Volleyball Courts.
In order to compete in the dino division, the combined age between teammates must be 80 or older. The higher the combined age, the more bonus points the team starts with. Teams also play a single set at 15 to qualify.
Clark and Meyer, from the Denver metro area, came to the tournament with a big chip on their shoulders. They were the “oldest” team in competition and decided to prove that they could compete at the highest level of the game.
Clark, 53, was praised by the crowd for his speed through the sand and his ability to keep the game alive. Although the competitors in the Dinosaur Division may not admit it, their competitive nature shines through them when they step onto the field.
“For me it’s just great to be here and play against other old guys and all the real tough battles in volleyball and in life are mostly over so we’re just here to have fun. , but it also gets crazy competitive at the same time,” Clark said.
Meyer, 51, is very proud of his volleyball skill and enjoys being able to continue playing at a competitive level after more than 30 years of competition.
“We say every time we come out here that we’re up and running around and that’s nice,” Meyer said. “We’re getting to that age now where a lot of guys don’t do that, so it’s fun.”
Despite their age, Clark and Meyer outscored the opposition in a 15-7 victory to keep their spirits up for the remainder of the tournament.
Meyer believes that a combination of the respect and camaraderie between the “oldies” and the competitiveness that comes with the tournament makes the dino division the best of them all.
“Ten teams, guys my age, we can hang out and have fun and then drink beer,” Meyer said.
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