Most outstanding athletes concentrate their efforts on one sport, maybe two. Most, that is, but not all – and definitely not Jim McCay! In fact, Jim has competed in seven different sports in DSO competition: softball, baseball, badminton, track and field, golf, volleyball and weightlifting (his favorites are softball and track and field). Jim began competing in Delaware Senior Olympics in 1999 and over the next 19 years earned a total of 97 medals – 61 gold, 25 silver and 11 bronze. But he didn’t just win medals; Jim held the DSO weightlifting records – for bench press and for a 335-pound dead lift – each for 6 years.
And that’s just with Delaware Senior Olympics. Regionally, Jim competed in the Eastern Shore Games where he came home with the gold in discus. He won another gold in discus at the Diamond State Games, and at the Long Island Senior Games he’s won three gold medals in the discus (he held the record at 112 feet for six years) and won the silver in shot put.
He plays some mean softball too. On the national stage of the Huntsman World Senior Games, he and his teams have snagged one gold, one silver and four bronze medals. At the National Senior Games, he and his teams have earned gold in San Francisco; brought home bronze medals from Houston, Cleveland and Minnesota; and came back with fourth place ribbons from Pittsburgh and Louisville.
Jim keeps the winning going with several travel/tournament softball teams, too. In 2017, Bailey Talent Cavaliers won the Canadian American and the Mesquite Nevada Championships. In 2018 he played with Leiden’s Legends and they won the Myrtle Beach Spring Nationals (he was tournament MVP) and then he played with the Peachtree Restaurant team and they became Softball Players Association Tournament Qualifier Champ (he was named to the All-Tournament Team).
Want to talk about an all-around athlete? Jim competed for the Wilmington Rowing Club for three years and medaled for the over-sixties eights. He completed the New York City Marathon five times between 1982 and 1988. In 2008 he and his three brothers, all over age 60, ran the 400-meter relay race at the Penn Relays and he’s also won a gold medal at the Kirkwood Fitness Racquetball Tournament.
Oh, and did we mention Jim is 80?
Congratulations Jim, on this well-deserved honor!