By: Sabrina Ahmed
Watch out! There's a new group of pool sharks in town. Who they are may surprise you.
They call themselves the Que–T's. A group of women who live at a senior living center. They're all around 80 years old, but don't let that fool you. They're good.
Just because these women live at the Grand Lodge Senior Living Center, doesn't mean they can't shoot a little pool. And they have coach Loran Swanson to thank for that.
"When they first began, it was like, how do you hold a cue? They're amazed, if they do it right, the ball goes into the pocket," Swanson said.
They can even beat the men who play there, thanks to a lot of practice and a lot of cheering.
They cheer for a good shot or a miss. But getting better at the sport isn't the main reason for practicing once a week.
"There's always something to look forward to," one Que-T said.
"The ladies, we've made lasting friendships in just about six or seven months I've been here," another said.
These women, and coach Loran, are here to show age is not a restriction. They're as young as 76 and as old as 88. They used to have a teammate who turned 90, but she decided it was time for an early retirement.
"Keeping us young, thinking young, and really being young," Coach Lauren said is the key.
They say, if they can do it, anyone can.
"Try it, you'll like it!" a Que-T said.
For these ladies, staying active keeps their minds sharp. Many of them didn't know what to expect when they moved to the community, but it's been a pleasant surprise.
"People here are very active and involved in the community so yes it's been an eye opener for me," Jo Tuin said.
These Que–T's practice every Wednesday. By they way, Loran, their coach, also lives there. And is the husband of one of the pool sharks.