DSO 2013 Charlie Marten Memorial Award

DSO 2013 Charlie Marten Memorial Award

Georgia Billger

Charlie Marten Memorial Award

Georgia has been participating in Delaware Senior Olympics for over 14 years. She started with volleyball, has also played softball and basketball with her latest love being pickleball. She has medaled in all the sports at the Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maryland Games and also won a gold in pickleball at the Eastern Shore Games and a silver in mixed doubles at a tournament in Williamsburg. Virginia. She has competed at the National Senior Games and her team placed fifth in volleyball at the Huntsman Games.

In 2009, Georgia started feeling very tired and following tests discovered that she had two 100 % blockages and two 80 % blockages and needed emergency quadruple bypass surgery. Cardiac rehab started 6 weeks after surgery and continued even after her insurance ran out as she wanted to return to her former level of fitness. In December of 2012 she had another setback with emergency abdominal surgery for an intestinal blockage from scar tissue from a previous surgery. After a ten day hospital stay and an infection which increased her recovery time from six to eight weeks Georgia was back in cardiac rehab. The cardiac rehab pushed her so much that she was able to play volleyball and pickle ball again.

Georgia has taken over as the Pickle ball Sports Coordinator for DSO and has done a wonderful job with one of our fastest growing sports. Her comeback reached a peak in July 2013 when at the National Senior Games in Cleveland she won a silver medal in pickleball singles. At the conclusion of the gold medal match her opponent commented “that it was the toughest match she had ever had to play. “

For her determined effort to return to a healthy lifestyle and her inspirational example for all seniors DSO recognizes Georgia Billger with its 2013 Charlie Marten Award.