19 September 2016
Lisa A. Hypnar, from Rochester Hills, has a diverse history as an athlete. While at Michigan State University, Lisa competed in gymnastics. She began to play competitive tennis at the age of 36 and continued through 2010. In her 40’s and 50’s she was Midwest tennis singles champion multiple years and was ranked in the top 25 in those age groups. She competed her first and last time in tennis in the 2010 Michigan Senior Olympics where she won both singles and doubles. In 2009 at the age of 55 she joined OPC swim team and began training. Although she learned to swim as a youngster she never swam competitively until the 2010 Michigan Senior Olympics when she swam 4 events, won gold in each event, and set 3 MSO records. Since 2010 Lisa has won 33 gold, 7 silver and 1 bronze and set 12 MSO records. Lisa has represented Michigan at the National level competing at National Senior Games since 2010. She was National Champion in 2015 in 2 events and National Champion in the 200 free in 2019. In 2019 she won 1 gold, 4 silver and 1 bronze at National Senior Games. She holds all-time Top Ten finishes for NSGA in multiple age groups and events. In 2012 Lisa became active in US Masters swimming at the State, National and International level. From 2012-2019 she has won 18 gold, 7 silver and 2 bronze at the State Championships. In 122 events swum within the US Masters from 2012-2019, Lisa has won 58 gold, 27 silver and 5 bronze.
Howard Booth, three time World Pole Vault Champion, retired EMU volunteer pole vault coach, and EMU Emeritus Biology Professor has over the last 15 years competed in nearly every MSO T&F meet; winning 22 gold,12 silver and 5 bronze medals while setting 10 records in pole vault (5) long jump, 50m, 60m, 60 hurdles, and the 300m. He has traveled to National Senior Games of America 5 times winning pole vault, 4x100 relay, silver in long jump and a total of 10 medals. In the NSGA listings of All-Time Top Pole Vaulters he is ranked 4th . In world championships, he has vaulted for 3 golds, run on Team USA for silver in the 4x100 relay and place top 10 in three other events. At world regionals he has won 4 gold and a total of 7 medals. Nationally he is a nine time national pole vault champion, also winning 9 golds collectively in long jump, sprints, hurdles, and relays to earning a total of 60 national medals. Howard has been the MSO ambassador to Washtenaw Co. for 10 years, twice represented MSO marching in the NSGA Parades of Athletes and he with his wife Lu, had display tables in MSO’s Poster Session at Blue Cross Blue Shield Conference “dispelling the myths of old age” in 2018 as a life-long advocate of the principles of the MSO. Howard practices and preaches participation for all, clean competition, friendship, sharing and reinforcing a healthy lifestyle. Howard’s research, teaching, and speaking engagements strongly support this long, strong healthy lifestyle.
Janet Brady lives in Canton, MI, and has been involved with the Michigan Senior Olympics since 2009. She started throwing events at the MSO at the age of 51 and has won 164 medals in local, state, and national competitions. She received the 2017 Canton Achiever Award for representing Canton, Michigan in sports. In 2016, she received the National Congress of State Games Adult Female Athlete of the Year and was the first Michigan adult to receive this award. Also, in 2016, she won the Meijer State Games of Michigan Adult Female Athlete of the Year. Janet has been and is currently a Michigan Senior Olympics record holder. She received the 2016 Canton Community Support Award for all of her volunteer work in the Canton Community. She won 31 Gold, 8 Silver, and 5 Bronze so far in Michigan Senior Olympics and participated in track and field events (hammer throw, discus, shot put, javelin, long jump), horseshoes, shuffleboard, powerlifting and volleyball. Janet has received 101 gold, 40 silver, 23 bronze from Canton Western Wayne County Senior Olympics (WWCSO), MSO, USATF, Meijer Michigan State Games, Canton Senior Game, State Games of America and National Senior Olympics. Janet has received letters, special tributes, and certificate of recognition for all of her accomplishments in sports from the Michigan Governor, US Senator, Michigan Senator, US Congressman, and Michigan Representative. Despite having no experience in track and field, she learned the basics from YouTube and suggestions from the other participants.