BIG DAY FOR SILVER SAILORS
Day on water a hit with seniors
SHE may be 92, but age is no barrier to Frances Johnston having fun.
The Emu Plains aged-care resident enjoyed a sail around Penrith Regatta Centre on Thursday, accompanied by Montgrove College student Philomena Peoples.
“It feels like I’ve been out on the water for a few hours. I was having such a great time,” Mrs Johnston said.
“It’s a beautiful day. Life’s great today.”
Mrs Johnston was among 350 residents from 17 agedcare facilities who took part in a day of sailing in small watercraft and fishing.
The aquatic outing, organised by Uniting, came after a hugely successful fun day for silver sailors last year.
Sailability, as well as students from Montgrove College, joined forces with Uniting and the NSW Department of Primary Industries to give the seniors a chance to “renew old passions or try something new’’.
“It’s a great opportunity to enjoy a really nice day with each other’s company.
“There’s no barriers for them today,” said Uniting’s head of residential operations, Marilyn Jolly.
Like Mrs Johnston, Emu Plains resident Davina Pearson, 80, was another keen sailor, after enjoying the day out last November.
Mrs Pearson even fell out of the boat when exiting her ride, but laughed it off.
“It’s all about the memories, even if I make a fool of myself,’’ she said.
“It’s such a lovely day for it, and a lot of fun.”
Frances Johnston, 92, of Edinglassie at Emu Plains, with Philomena Peoples, 15, of Montgrove College, and (inset) Davina Pearson, 80, sailing with Mikayla Jay, 16. Pictures: Justin Sanson