Centenarian gold medal swimmer going strong as she gets ready to celebrate 102nd birthday

- Senior Games Gold medal swimmer Mary B. Jackson won't let a few falls and broken bones stop her.

The Massachusetts resident with strong ties to the Bay Area recently returned to the water after nine months of staying out of the pool to recuperate.

Jackson has competed multiple times in the National Senior Games, also referred to as the Senior Olympics. Along the way she's stacked up some 25 medals for swimming.

She recently suffered two major falls which led to six broken ribs and staples in her head.

"We all thought it was the end...but nope! She keeps on kickin'!" wrote granddaughter Alexis Bernstein on her Facebook page.

Jackson's family couldn't be prouder, as they gear up to celebrate birthday number 102 come August. 

The elite senior athlete began competing nationally at the ripe age of 92.

She took part in her first Senior Games in 2009 when it was held in the Bay Area at Stanford University. With her family here, she has spent some of her time training in a pool at a Walnut Creek gym.
 
A couple years ago, she became the first centenarian swimmer at the Games.
 
Jackson is currently not registered to take part in this year's Games, which is set to get under way on Friday in Birmingham, Alabama.
 
But the thought certainly has been swimming around in her head.
 
"She's now talking about competing in the upcoming Senior Olympics," wrote Bernstein last month after her grandmother returned to the pool.
 
The National Senior Games touts itself as the largest multi-sport qualifying competition in the world for men and women 50 years and older.
 
In addition to swimming, the event features almost 20 other sports ranging from archery to basketball.
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