Olympic Gold Comes to Sword & Shield

Sword & Shield Director of Enterprise Solutions Fred Cobb won two gold medals and one silver medal in the Senior Olympics (for the 50-54 age bracket), held earlier this month in Franklin, TN for his solid play in Pickleball, a racquet sport which combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis.

Cobb received the gold medal in the Men’s Singles, a gold medal for Men’s Doubles with fellow player Denny Kennedy, and a silver medal for Mixed Doubles with player Janet Winslow.

Cobb, Kennedy and Winslow are all residents of Tellico Village and play the sport every week at the Tellico Village Recreation Center. Cobb credits his interest in the sport after seeing others play Pickleball two years ago and decided to join in on the game. Cobb said he quickly found that his tennis skills – smashes, volleys, topspins, underspins, and dinks – translated well to the Pickleball court and it soon became one of his favorite pastimes, along with golf and swimming with his wife, Karen.

This win qualified Cobb to compete in the nationals to be held in Cleveland, OH in July 2013.

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