Kath hauls in the medals

Central Leader - - Front Page - By Scott Mor­gan

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.”

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Medal ma­nia: Mas­ters Games gold medal­ist Kath John­stone is now a Heroine of Health for Ra­dius Health­care.

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