Local senior competes in tennis competitions

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By Oliver Lazenby

In addition to working six days a week, Joyce Vanderpol, 92, competes nationally in tennis about four times a year. In April, she and her partner took first place in the Women’s 90 Doubles Division at the United States Tennis Association’s clay court championships in Houston, Texas.

Vanderpol, a Blaine resident and owner/broker at Vanderpol Realty, started playing tennis at Blaine High School in the 1940s. Now, she plays twice a week at the Semiahmoo Golf and Country Club.

She also stays fit by exercising 30 minutes a day and eating healthy, though she’s not particularly strict or fussy about her diet, she said. Her attitude also contributes to her longevity, she said. Vanderpol is positive and tries to live her life with a lot of empathy.

“I would recommend walking, and thinking on the bright side of life,” she said. “And don’t complain, because what good is that going to do you?”

Vanderpol has one more technique for gaining a competitive edge in competition. At tournaments, her twin sister, who is 10 minutes younger than her, carries her racket.

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