UH Manoa chancellor emeritus throws herself into new sport


It’s never too late to something new.

University of Hawaii at Manoa Chancellor Emeritus Dr. Virginia Hinshaw practices what she preaches.

KHON2 recently joined her for a track-and-field session.

“My husband said there weren’t many older women out on the track and he thought I could do it, and since I don’t run or jump too well, I decided to do the javelin,” she said.

You could say it runs in the family. Hinshaw’s husband, Bill, is a volunteer track and field official in Hawaii. Her son was a former decathlete at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Hinshaw’s foray into the sport began more than a year ago.

“First of all, he cut off a broom for me to practice throwing and help me with it, and some people thought I rode on a broom so that was appropriate,” Hinshaw joked.

Since then, the creator of the UH John A. Burns School of Medicine Mini-Medical School on Healthy Aging has won several gold medals in her age group.

“I compete in the masters with the older population and I have three gold medals,” she said. “I typically don’t have much competition but I’d love to have more.”

The secret to a good throw, Hinshaw said, is “the primal scream. That’s very important! My son taught me that and then he said make it short because your javelin doesn’t go that far.”

At the age of 72, she’s just getting started.

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