Carol and Carl Howell, international shuffleboard champions from Macon, Missouri, participated in Saturday’s Senior Games at the Armory Sports Center downtown.
The couple won their first game Saturday morning 25-12. They said they knew they would take home the gold, in part, because they were the only competitors in the 75-79 age category.
The Howells began their shuffleboard careers when they retired more than 30 years ago. They stuck with the game through the years, in part, they say, because it’s a game anyone can play no matter their physical ability.
“I have never been able to play anything but shuffleboard, because of my physical conditions,” Carl said.
Carl was inducted into the National Shuffleboard Association’s Hall of Fame in 2015 and said he loves teaching people the ins and outs of the sport.
The Howells split their time between their home in Apache, Arizona and Mackin.
They play in both communities, but say the strategies are different everywhere based on the type of courts used.
“There is no two boards alike anywhere,” Carl said.
Shuffleboard has taken Carl and Carol around the United States and the world. The Howells say the rules of shuffleboard are practically the same everywhere, but with the smooth indoor courts of California to the fast-paced outdoor cement courts of Florida, every game is unique.
“When we played in Australia, we played on the rooftop of one of the hotels and it (the puck) would hit a bump and go flying,” Carol said.
The couple said they hope to spend the summer continuing to teach their friends in Mackin how to play their favorite sport.
“It’s a nice way to spend time together and keep your skills up,” Carol said.