Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Master-ful Ageing, Canadian Style!
I borrowed this photo from a CBC news report about this local example of vibrant ageing -- Noel Morrow, 90 years old, with Olympics and Empire Games and a few gold medals in her past, took up swimming again at 85 and is currently preparing to compete at the World Masters Games in Sydney, Australia in October.
Obviously, genetics makes a contribution here, but if vigorous daily exercise can also shape our senior years, I think I'll leave the keyboard now and head off for a run! I wanted to show you the video of Morrow as she dives powerfully into the pool and begins her laps, but sadly, despite too much time devoted to the search, I can't locate it again. Take my word for it, if I had that strength now, never mind in 25 years, I'd be happy!
I think Morrow also represents Canada very well, so I'll use her photo to segue into shouting out a great big Happy Canada Day! Pater's flying straight across the country today, all the way to PEI, so I'll hang out on my own, watching folks flock down to the beach at English Bay dressed in red and white and decorated with maple leaves. Maybe I'll even hum an anthem at some point, as I work my way through David Copperfield -- that Dickens might not have been Canadian, but oh, what a storyteller!