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San Marco resident Don St. Denis had a lot to celebrate last month. St. Denis was among more than 870 athletes over the age of 50 from the State of Florida to compete in 19 sports in the 2017 National Senior Games in Birmingham, Alabama.

St. Denis, who has been swimming since he was four years old, celebrated five years of being free from thyroid cancer by swimming – and winning – the men’s 50-meter freestyle race in the 55-59 age group.

One of 18 Jacksonville residents who attended the games, St. Denis qualified by placing first at the city level in October 2016, then won at the state level in Clearwater. There were no others from Jacksonville who participated in swimming events.

St. Denis swam for The Episcopal School and also when he attended the University of Arkansas, where he was an academic All-American, then took off a year from law school to train.

The father of five also celebrated his 25th wedding anniversary to Robin St. Denis on June 20.

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