DSO 2017 Outstanding Athlete


Maureen White

Maureen began her career as a senior Olympian due to the encouragement of Marion Lisehora.  Marion was looking for volleyball or basketball players to compete on one of her teams.  Maureen thought basketball was too rough and had never played volleyball but then heard that DSO also included swimming and that got her excited.  She immediately joined the Sussex YMCA and started to work out with a goal of competing in the 2006 Delaware Senior Olympics.  More than a decade later she is still competing and enjoying it.

Maureen has competed in the Delaware Senior Olympics since 2006 and is undefeated in all the breaststroke events that she has entered during that time including the 50, 100 and 200 yard events in three different  age brackets 50-54, 55-59 and most recently 60-64.  She holds seven of the eight possible records of these events in the three age groups.    She has also competed in the Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia state games.  She holds the 100 yard Breaststroke record for the 55-59 age bracket in  Pennsylvania.

She has successfully competed in six different National Senior Game events winning 10 medals, 2 silver and 8 bronze and several ribbons for fourth through eighth place finishes.  She brought home  a  silver Medal in the 100 yard breaststroke,  and 2 bronze medals in the 50 and 200 yard breaststroke events, plus two ribbons in the 200 yard freestyle and 200 yard individual medley from the 2017 National Games in Birmingham, Alabama.

Maureen has become involved in the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign which raises money to provide opportunities for individuals of all ages in financial need to attend summer camp, participate in youth sport programs, or help an adult attend a physical health program.  In 2012 the Sussex YMCA honored her with their Mary Alice DeVane Spirit Award in recognition of her significant contributions and Commitment to the Sussex Family YMCA.

In addition Maureen competes, from October through April each year, as a Maryland Master Swimmer in meets with her Chester River Aquatic Blue Crabs Team from Chestertown.

When not in the pool, Maureen finds time to compete in softball in the local Sussex County Senior League and in the Delaware Senior Olympics as a member of the Delaware Diamonds in 2006, as a member of the Alleycats, which she co-founded, 2007-2013 and with the Shore Sharks in 2014 and has won various medals.

For all her successes as a swimmer and softball player on the State and National levels Delaware Senior Olympics recognizes Maureen White with its 2017 Outstanding Athlete Award.