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CHICO — Del Alaways, 80, won four gold medals during the California Senior Games in Pasadena last week. He placed first in javelin, shot put, discus and softball throw.

In fact, he has won 100 medals in the last five years during senior games. “It”s not good luck,” he said. “It”s perseverance and determination.”

Alaways began competing as a senior. “I feel pretty stinking good,” he joked. “My bowling has gotten better than it”s ever been. I”m in two leagues.”

Alaways can explain his continual wins at senior games throughout the country. “It really has to do with my handicapped daughter. She will be 48 this year and all her doctors agreed that her life span was 23. She weighs 65 pounds and she can”t walk, talk or chew.”

Alaways and his wife of 60 years, Joy, have always cared for their daughter. They have six other children.

“The reason she has lived so long is the special care she gets. I don”t see caring for her as a burden. It”s a privilege,” he said.

For Alaways, outlook is everything whether it”s work, family or sports. “I”ve been blessed with a good throwing arm, but I also keep active and have the right mental attitude.”

He plans to participate in the World Master”s Games in Sacramento next month, and the World Senior Games in Georgia in October.

“That will be it for this year,” he said.

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