DSO 2016 Outstanding Athlete


Nancy Waddell

Nancy is a cyclist extraordinaire! She began her cycling career at the age of thirty four when she decided to change a lifestyle that included smoking and the gaining of undesirable weight to a more healthy one. She began competing in DSO Events when she was old enough and was immediately successful. She competed in all the DSO cycling events including the mile, 5k and 10k time trials and also the 20 and 40K road races. She won the gold in all the races in her age group. In 2003 she entered the National Senior Games at Hampton Roads and came home with gold medals in the 5 and 10k time trials and 40k road race. She tried Time Trials Tandem biking with a partner and she and her partner made the podium in all the events they entered. She also experienced biathlons for two years, which included running, biking and then running again. She was also successful in these events. She had a gap in her competitive years until 2011 when she decided to try Mountain Biking, because there was a competition in nearby Pennsylvania. She soon realized that mountain biking trails were much more technical than the previous types of racing she had tried and there were also changes in equipment. She attended a weekend skills clinic and decided she needed a coach. She began competing in cross country 12 to 15 mile events. In 2015 she finished third. She then finished first in both 2016 and 2017. In 2015 she tried the USAC Marathon Mountain Biking Nationals, a 60 mile event in Augusta, Georgia and finished third in the women’s 60-64 category. In 2016 she moved up into the women’s 65-69 category and finished in first place. She returned this year to win the event again! She says she still has a lot to learn but she is already winning at the highest level.

Nancy in addition to competing, has served as Coordinator for DSO for over 6 years.

For all her accomplishments in cycling, including time trials and road racing, tandem time trials, biathons and now marathon mountain biking, Delaware Senior Olympics recognized Nancy Waddell with its 2016 Outstanding Athlete Award.