The Silver Grey Sports Club is a website for people over the age of 50 - let's call them the Silver Greys - who simply want to carry on with their enjoyment of Extreme Sports, Adventure Sports, Adrenalin Sports, call them what you will. They're fit, they're strong, and they aim to stay that way.
SGSC is an original concept, conceived and executed by Denise Simmons and Dan Simmons, ourselves two Silver Greys. Having been skiers - on and off-piste - for many years, we had thought we were fit. But when, in our late 40's we started to learn to surf we discovered two things. Firstly, surfing is extremely addictive, and secondly, we had nothing like the fitness required to have any chance of mastering it. Denise first, and a few years later Dan, started to work in a gym with fitness trainers and discovered two more things - age is no barrier to improving your fitness through training and, so far at least, for as long as you carry on doing it you keep getting results. So if you're into the kind of sports which require a high level of conditioning, you don't have any reason to stop if you keep working at it.
And even if you're not into the sports side, we believe you can benefit greatly and enhance your quality of life by working at three areas of your conditioning - your strength, fitness and flexibility.
So to prove it, and to inspire you, we're making films of the people we're talking about; people who haven't yet encountered a reason why they should stop doing what they love. Some are sports professionals, others do it just for the love of it. What they have in common is that they don't accept age as a limiting factor; they train for their sports, for better performance and to avoid injury, and for that reason they're better able to enjoy doing them. You'll find them in the Silver Grey Stories.
On the Pinboard we'll be searching out articles about, and links to, people over the age of 50 doing extraordinary things.
If you want to get fit yourself, then in the soon-to-be-added Training section, you'll find Fitness Trainer Dan Reeve's menu of videos of exercises from which you can either follow one of his planned work-outs, or select exercises yourself, in order to train for specific sports or for health and fitness in general.
In the section Health Matters there will be a look at the subject of sport and age from the perspective of medical and health professionals of all types - medical doctors, sports therapists and others.
In the fullness of time, and given enough interest from people visiting the site, we will have forums, blogs, and a Directory section - of physical trainers and therapists, and companies offering services to sportspeople over 50.