Playing pickleball at 90!
Maxine Johnson proves that pickleball is a sport for all ages
Maxine Johnson celebrated her 90th birthday on April 23rd at a picnic with 40 Pickleball friends at Pacific Park in Glendale, California. Maxine hadn't heard of pickleball until she was 83 years ‘young’. She was lifting weights at the Glendale YMCA seven years ago when a trainer took her to the roof to see the 2 new Pickleball courts. She became the first student and player at the Glendale Y, with Marshall Pura teaching her to serve and return shots.
Watch video on Facebook of Maxine playing pickleball with her friends
Today, at 90, she plays Pickleball three times a week at the Pacific Park courts in Glendale, California and the Allendale courts in Pasadena, California. She has a good serve and hits return volley, but is not afraid to say ‘yours’ to give her partner a chance to lunge for a difficult shot. She said she played ping pong, volleyball and other sports ‘in school’ but Pickleball was her first sport since then.
Pickleball players swear they have never seen her wear the same outfit twice. She is always dressed in coordinated outfits with matching jewelry. She makes quite a fashion statement surrounded by players in T-shirts. Way to go Maxine for making ninety the new sixty!