BARTOW, Fla. (FOX 13) - It is hard to imagine Betty Harstad being even a little down in the dumps. Her eyes sparkle and she gives off positive energy that's impossible to miss.
That's not bad when you are 82 years old.
What's better is Harstad recently won 18 medals, including gold in pistol shooting, in the Polk Senior Games, which held its closing ceremonies on Monday.
“She has stamina,” her daughter Sharon Keene told FOX 13. “I give that woman credit for everything. She just doesn’t quit.”
Halstad walked away with medals in dance, billiards, and more. She got a silver in Punt, Pass and Kick, but not without an injury.
“I went out to practice and threw my right knee out,” she said. “No one told me it wasn’t as easy as it is for the football players on TV.”
Halstad says she has always been a go-getter and on the run.
“When you have six children you’re active your entire life,” she said.
If she has slowed down at all, it doesn’t seem like it could be very much. That’s one of the attributes that many of the athletes who compete in the Polk Senior Games share -- drive.
Almost 2,500 people competed this year.
“The oldest competitor this year is 104,” said Duane Hopkins, a Polk Senior Games spokesman.
Halstad says the secret is never giving up and seeing that with time and hard works you’re able to accomplish more than you may have thought possible.
“If you say you can’t, you never will,” she said.