Newark residents set Senior Olympics records
Virginia Taylor Rehberg and Marilyn Litchfield have done something not even Ponce de Leon could do – found the Fountain of Youth.
Taylor Rehberg and Litchfield have discovered the secret to staying young – or at least feeling and looking younger than what their birth certificates read. For the former Christina School District colleagues, the secret doesn’t come from the quenching satisfaction of sipping water out of a fountain, but rather in the thrill of slinging around heavy metal plates secured tightly to stainless-steel bars.
What started a decade ago as an effort to look good in a wedding dress for one (Litchfield) and as part of an overall fitness program for the other, culminated last month in an appearance in the Delaware Senior Olympics powerlifting competition. Taylor Rehberg and Litchfield not only competed, they set records at the event, held Sept. 17 at Delaware State University.
Taylor Rehberg, 79, set records in the deadlift (135 pounds), bench press (65) and bench press repetitions (17). Ironically, she had no idea her lifts were records, or for that matter, how much weight she was lifting.
“My trainers Jud [Dean] and Steve [Wardyga] always put the weights on, and I never look or ask,” she said. “They would never ask me to lift more than they know I could lift. I trust them.”
What makes Taylor Rehberg’s records even more remarkable is not only her age, but the fact that this was her first powerlifting competition of any type.
“It was daunting,” she said. “I had really never thought about competing. I play in several bands, play golf, ride my bike, and travel to see children and grandchildren, which really keeps me busy enough. However, the DSO competition was a lot of fun and that is reason enough to consider doing it again.”
Taylor Rehberg asked Litchfield, 65, to enter the competition with her. Not only did Litchfield enter, but she set records in her own age group with a deadlift of 190 pounds, bench press of 80, and then completing the “hat trick” by bench pressing 40 pounds for 43 repetitions.
“It was so much fun and I am so happy I did it,” Litchfield said of her first competitive event. “Everyone was exceptionally nice and it was a relaxed initiation into competitive weightlifting. I definitely would do it again.”
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