Senior star training for state games

Katz skipped national games due to a perceived lack of foes her age

TABLE TENNIS STAR Dawn Katz skipped the Senior Olympics in New Mexico and is preparing for the Wisconsin games. Press file photo
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

Dawn Katz of Grafton is preparing for competition a little closer to home.

The 90-year-old star table tennis player who regularly dominates at the Multipurpose Senior Center in Grafton skipped the National Senior Games — similar to the Olympics — in New Mexico.

Katz said the cost — more than $600 just for registration and the airline ticket — didn’t justify the trip.

“There was probably nobody for me to play with so I didn’t think it was worth it,” she said.

Results of the senior games show there would have been a few opponents in her age bracket, but Katz is now training for a another competition.

She got a call from John Salzman of Manitowoc asking her to play mixed doubles in the Wisconsin Senior Games in Kenosha in September. She isn’t sure how old he is but said he is in the 75 to 79 age bracket, which is where the pair will compete.

“When I go online and look for somebody, nobody wants to play with a 90-year-old woman. So when somebody calls me up and asks me to play, I say yes,” she said.

“And we’ll win.”

The pair won’t be able to practice together until the morning of the games.

Katz also plans to play in the singles competition.

Katz is an Ohio native who played softball in high school and later worked as a substitute teacher, medical technician and real estate agent. She and her husband have three children, eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

The couple lived in Houston for a while, where Katz improved her table tennis skills at a senior center by facing off against Chinese men. The sport is popular in China.

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