Beat Kammerlander is someone who has pushed the boundaries of his sport, sport climbing. Having begun as a teenager in his native Austria, he is still climbing well into his fifties. He is particularly known for developing sport climbing in the Alps.
The German gymnast Johanna Quaas is officially the oldest active gymnast in the world. In 2013, she was entered into the Guinness Book of World Records for that achievement.
At 90, in 2015, she was still going strong.
We found this short film about 60-year-old skateboarder Neal “The Dude” Unger. We really love his attitude to sport and age. When he talks about what he loves about skateboarding, we couldn’t put it better ourselves.
The Paralympics have just finished and - wow! What impressive and inspirational athletes, both in their performances and in their attitude. These athletes have to deal with great challenges in their lives, whether from a congenital condition or a disability caused by an event. Such determination, such guts, all channelled into becoming elite athletes performing at the highest level!
A strong swell, and a reasonably strong on-shore wind - to surf or not to surf, that was the question for us as developing surfers. The answer came to to us in the form of 56-year-old RNLI beach lifeguard Steve Stritch, and as you can see from our short clip of him surfing, he said “Yes, yes, yes. Come on in, the water’s lovely!”
So we did, it was, and afterwards we got the chance to tell Steve that he had inspired us to take the plunge, and to ask him a bit about himself.
Here are two videos about women surfers, one 68 and the other 71 years old. They both surf at an age that used to be unusual, at least, but which is less so now. On top of the fact that they both love riding the waves, there’s a very interesting difference between them. One has been surfing all her life, and the other only took up the sport at the age of 53.
68 year old Genie and 71 year old Gwyn
A bit of a dry title for an article, isn't it? The only good thing to say about it is that if your brain can be described as ageing it means it's still alive - therefore so are you! So make the most of it! And that's what the Silver Grey Sports Club stands for - ageing doesn't inevitably equal decrepitude, it can mean being strong and fit and so having more time to do your sport. And here is yet more evidence that doing sport and exercise is not only fun and good for you physiologically, it's also good for your brain! It's not the first time we've written about this, and no doubt it won't be the last.
There's a fun side to exercise, and there's a serious side, and here are a couple more examples showing the serious results of the fun side - fun, that is, if you like exercise.
A team at Southampton University, led by Professor Mike Grocott, have discovered that putting patients on a course of exercise training can have highly beneficial effects on the outcomes of their cancer surgery - a treatment that they term 'pre-habilitation'.
Think you know what old people look like? Frail, walking unsteadily and their back bent over from the weight of their head? Spindly arms and legs, bulbous elbow- and knee-joints? Think again!
Here are a couple of people who demonstrate how people can look even into their late seventies - strong, capable and full of energy.
Have a listen to what 77-year-old powerlifting grandmother Willie Murphy has to say about lifting weights, how the work in the gym makes such a difference to her life out of it.
And as for Darshan Singh Gill, he is equally impressive.
Keep Your Muscles!
Keep Your Muscles!
Keep Your Muscles!
We've said it before, we're saying it again, and we'll keep saying it - Keep Your Muscles!
We're not talking about maintaining a body-builder's physique, we're talking functionality.