Thursday, October 17, 2013

Way to go Francis Wong!

It was reported in the '61 Classnotes Section of the Fall 2013 Iolani School Bulletin, that Francis Wong ('61) and other members of his team Cataract & Vision Center of Hawaii won the Oahu District Tennis Championships for Men's 7.0 Over 55 and advanced to the to the USTA (United States Tennis Association) Sectional Playoffs   which were to be held in September where teams from the neighbor islands would compete. 

The team which included Francis and  two other Iolani connected members, Walter Fo ('64) and Worldster Lee won the tennis Sectional championships and will go on to represent the Pacific Section of the United States Tennis Association at the National Championships in April 2014 in Surprise, Arizona. Not a small accomplishment with a team with an average age of 70 years old hanging in there and beating teams with much younger players.

This is huge in this blogger's opinion. Many of us with old knees can go forward but this  quick side to side stuff, backward and forward hustling , stop and go movements plus the skill of swinging a racket places these guys in a special fitness category all their own. If I were the owner of a  company that made Glucosamine/Chrondroitin tablets for joint, I would definitely sign these guys up to do my commercials.

Worldster is not an Iolani alumnus but he is a member of the Iolani Philantropists Circle and along with  Francis, and Walter has had a youngster who graduated  with the Iolani Class of 1998.

Worldster Lee is back row-left end; Walter Fo ('64) is back row-right end; Francis Wong is front row  second from right.

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