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Santa Barbara Independent: “Santa Barbara’s Sally Saenger Has a Lifelong Passion for Fitness”

2022 Senior Planet Sponsored Athlete Sally Saenger was profiled by the Santa Barbara Independent about her lifelong athletic journey; from swimmer, to competitive surfer, to fitness instructor.

Santa Barbara athlete and fitness instructor Sally Saenger was named a 2022 Senior Planet Sponsored Athlete at age 66. A competitive surfer and a member of the PE department at Santa Barbara City College since 1982, in addition to teaching both credit and noncredit classes in town, with this award Saenger has added senior fitness ambassador to her résumé.

“I liken it to being Miss America or something because you have to make appearances, so to speak, on their website and do a couple of blogs and lead a couple presentations,” said Saenger of her Senior Planet responsibilities. “My presentation was very successful; they had a lot of people that were interested in it because it was about balance for seniors. And that’s always of interest for older adults.”

Click here to read Sally’s full interview.

Since becoming a Senior Planet Sponsored Athlete, Sally has also been hired as an official fitness class Trainer with Senior Planet! Take a free class with Sally to improve your balance and strength at