Sylvia walks away with sil­ver

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

COTTESLOE res­i­dent Sylvia By­ers is prov­ing you are never too old to have a go.

The 81-year-old re­ceived a sil­ver medal in Perth last week at the 2016 World Masters Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships in race walk­ing.

Ms By­ers won the medal for the 5km race walk and will take on the 10km and 20km this week.

She said she first got in­volved in the event in 2009 and had not looked back since.

“I love the out­doors and ex­er­cis­ing. I’ve been like that since my high school days,” she said.

“It keeps me young and healthy.”

Since start­ing race walk­ing, Ms By­ers has won sev­eral medals and even holds the WA record for her age group in four events.

“I’m a bit ner­vous about the 20km. I’m not wor­ried about the time; I would just love to fin­ish and not get dis­qual­i­fied,” she said

Ms By­ers said no mat­ter how old you were, it was never too late to try some­thing new.

She said she had re­fused to sit down and stop liv­ing life just be­cause of her age, and was still work­ing as a re­lief teacher and fly­ing planes as a com­pet­i­tive pi­lot, tak­ing part in the last six na­tional cham­pi­onships.

She said she did not see any chance of her slow­ing down. “I love life,” she said. “No mat­ter your age, it’s im­por­tant to keep your mind and body ac­tive and healthy.”

She en­cour­aged peo­ple of all ages to try race walk­ing.

“It’s about tech­nique and then speed,” she said.

“I’ll con­tinue with it. I love walk­ing and the peo­ple are bril­liant.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d461282

Sylvia Byer com­peted in the World Masters Ath­let­ics Com­pe­ti­tion last week.

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