Kath hauls in the medals
Winning nine medals at the Masters Games in Sydney has opened up new opportunities for swimmer Kath Johnstone.
After her success at the games last year, the 92year-old is now acting as a Heroine of Health for Radius Healthcare, encouraging older people to keep fit in their later years.
The company helped Kath get to Sydney and has provided her with a one-year gym membership in preparation for the New Zealand Masters Games in Dunedin later this month.
The Sandringham resident says she was thrilled with her success, but taking part in so many races took it out of her.
“I slept for a week afterwards.”
Kath took part in individual and relay events.
One of the relay teams she was involved with included the first group whose combined ages broke 360 years.
The other members of the team were 99, 92 and 89 respectively.
“It didn’t matter how slow we went – there was no one else in our age group,” Kath says.
“But it was fantastic because nobody had ever done it before.”
While she enjoyed winning so many medals, Kath says the health benefits swimming provides are just as important.
“It’ll keep me fit for the rest of my life as long as I work at it.”
Sometime in the near future, she hopes to share out some of her medals between her three children, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Other sports Kath has excelled at through the years include croquet, tennis, hockey and bowls.
Radius marketing manager Susan Jenkins says Kath is an amazing woman.
“She’s active, positive, sociable and conscious of eating right.
“We were delighted we could help get her to the games and support her in her ongoing fitness programme.”
Medal mania: Masters Games gold medalist Kath Johnstone is now a Heroine of Health for Radius Healthcare.