by Amanda Rigney
This past summer Judy Coates swept a field of over 600 entrants in the Athleta and Siren SUP contest to win a Siren Sojourn stand up board and paddle. Despite some stiff competition, Judy’s passion for fitness, zest for life and outgoing attitude shone through, convincing us, and the Athleta community, that she was our girl! In her entry, Judy told us of her dedication to fitness, her first SUP experience and how, at 74 years old, she’s proof that SUP isn’t about age — it’s about attitude.
With submissions limited to just 100 words, we were left wanting to know more about this inspiring woman… What’s it like in her part of Texas? Where’s her favorite place to SUP? Her typical routine for staying fit? Does she follow a special diet? Where does she draw her inspiration from? Lucky for us, Judy gave us a glimpse into life in Texas:
My home is a Texas ranch, with five longhorn steers and a great dane dog named Walt. I have a big pond (or tank as we call them in Texas) that is my most used SUP body of water, although my favorite place to paddle board is on the ocean at South Padre Island, Texas. That is where I was first turned on to this wonderful sport.
This is truly the perfect activity for any age if you have a sense of balance and are somewhat coordinated. I fell a few times when I first started trying to get up on the SUP, after that it was smooth paddle boarding all the way. I have been blessed with a healthy body and a burning desire to stay fit. This goes way back, so I have tried a lot of different exercise routines – at this age I seem to have found my “sweet spot”. I love walking every day, Pilates with ball twice a week, weight lifting three times a week and paddle boarding as often as I can.
I watch what I eat and enjoy lots of organic fruits and vegetables. I try to be grateful for every moment God has given me, I am a joyful Believer. My life is very full with precious family and friends. No complaints and no regrets! Athleta skirts and tops are my favorite running around clothes. I love the fabrics, fit and the look. So cool on the Siren Sojourn – it’s the best!
Thank you Judy for sharing a bit about yourself! You’re an inspiration and testament to the benefits of healthy living, and we’re proud to have you as a ambassador for Siren SUP and Athleta.