99-year-old woman leads Louisiana bowling team

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Monday, January 11, 2016
Mildred Bowie, 99.

At 99 years old, one Louisiana woman isn't about to let her age slow her down.

Every Tuesday, Mildred Bowie of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, plays in her 55-and-over bowling league, the Golden Nuggets, according to an ABC News report.

She hasn't stopped competing in almost 50 years.

"I started bowling when my granddaughter was about three years old and she's 50 now," Bowie told ABC News. "My average is only 119. I bowl with a eight-pound ball right now because I had carpal tunnel."

Bowie, who will be turning 100 on Jan. 19, said she joined the Golden Nuggets in 1983 and has served as the league's secretary.

The soon-to-be centenarian said she credits her longevity to good eating, her faith and spending quality time with loved ones.

"Go to church, watch what you eat ...be light with the salt," Bowie said. "Be active and have fun and enjoy life. I like interaction with people. I taught school for 36 years. I have (tons of friends) and naturally my friends are younger and I have a very loving granddaughter and first cousin."

"Life is really an adventure," she added. "I've seen so many wonderful things that have happened."