JAMES TROUTT: National Racquetball Champion
At the age of 73 (soon to be 74), James Troutt has been playing racquetball for over 44 years. At a time in life when most people his age are likely to be slowing down, Troutt instead is still going strong, playing upwards of six racquetball tournaments per year, and he doesn’t just play, he wins!
In fact, this year at the National Master’s Racquetball Association (NMRA) Championships, held March 9-12 in St. Louis, MO, Troutt came in 3rd Place in the 70+ Men’s Doubles category, playing with his partner Mitch Milewski.
The NMRA was created in 1971, when ten players gathered in New Castle, PA for a round robin tournament. That was the first national tournament for players 45+ years of age. Since that first tournament, NMRA’s size has exploded to a record number of male and female participants in each of the two major championship tournaments that are sponsored each year – a National Championship in March and an International Championship in July.
Last year, Troutt participated in the NMRA International Championships that were held in Denver, CO, where he earned a gold medal, coming in 1st Place in the 65+ Men’s Doubles category, playing with James Weathers, and also coming in 2nd Place in the 70+ Men’s Double’s category, playing with Fred Roe.
The tournaments are an open invitational style, with participants coming from all over the world to play, which is one of the things that Troutt enjoys. He says that he is trying to get his children involved as well, because he “wants them to see that this can be done.”
Troutt also plays mixed doubles, and in addition to the NMRA tournaments, he participates in the Word Senior Games, which is an international senior sports competition that was founded in 1987 by Daisy and John H. Morgan, Jr. as a way of promoting good health and physical fitness.
In the 2015 Huntsman World Senior Games, as it is now called, over 10,000 senior athletes from every state and 19 countries participated in 28 different sports, including archery, tennis, swimming, table tennis, track & field, baseball, basketball, cycling, and racquetball.
Troutt was a gold medal winner at the 2015 Huntsman World Senior Games, winning first place in the 60-64 Mixed Doubles category, with his partner Betty Leth of Mesquite, Nevada.
The 30th Anniversary of the Huntsman World Senior Games will be taking place in St. George, Utah in October, 2016. James Troutt plans to be there and most likely he will be bringing home another medal.
For information about the National Masters Racquetball Association (NMRA) visit: http://www.nationalmastersracquetball.org. For information about the Hunstman World Senior Games visit: http://www.seniorgames.net.