Is 90 the new 60? It is for one feisty 93-year-old Arizona woman who recently bested the entire field of whippersnappers to win this year’s Valdez, Alaska Womens Silver Salmon Derby.
From this story in the Anchorage Daily News:
At age 93, Lenore Groundwater is still adding to her resume. A fishing outing with her family Saturday in Valdez made her the queen of the Valdez Women’s Silver Salmon Derby and a budding YouTube star. Groundwater, who lives in a retirement home in Green Valley, Ariz., reeled in a 16.58-pound silver — her son netted the fish, but all involved say Lenore hooked it and reeled it in — to win the one-day derby. She topped a field of 789 to win $1,000 plus a bunch of prizes, including the silver tiara annually awarded to the winner of the popular just-for-women derby, now in its seventh year. The tiara matches Groundwater’s silver hair — and her fish, for that matter. Somebody called me a silver belle,” she said in a phone interview.
Groundwater drew laughs, cheers and applause at the awards ceremony when she was crowned queen of the derby Saturday night at the Valdez Civic Center, a moment captured in a three-minute video that is at once charming and hilarious.
Is Mrs. Groundwater the Betty White of the angling world?