Nicholson Dominates World Senior Games

By Jona Howe

At almost 82 years old, Long Beach’s Cathy Nicholson recently participated in the World Senior Games in Utah, where she demonstrated her remarkable talent by clinching four gold medals in pickleball and softball.

She won the singles 80-plus category and exhibited her versatility in both mixed doubles 75 and women’s doubles playing down in 60 age bracket plus gold in softball. Her achievements stand as a testament to her dedication, spirit, and unparalleled skills.

Cathy Nicholson had an extraordinary career in Long Beach Unified School District, where she made a lasting impact as an educator and a coach. Even after nearly 20 years in retirement, Cathy’s dedication to teaching and coaching remains unwavering.

What sets Cathy apart is her commitment to making sports accessible to everyone in her community. She specializes in coaching tennis and pickleball, organizing local tournaments with minimal costs to ensure that individuals of all backgrounds can enjoy the thrill of competition and camaraderie.

Age is no barrier to Cathy’s success. But Cathy’s prowess extends beyond the court and field. She also coaches the California Spirit softball team, where her coaching talents were highlighted when she hit the walk-off run in an extra-inning game, securing a gold medal for her team.

Cathy Nicholson’s enduring commitment and impact make her a true Long Beach treasure, and her remarkable achievements are a testament to the power of passion, dedication, and community involvement. She continues to be an inspiration to all of us.


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