Su­per­cente­nar­ian’s walk­ing wish

The West Australian - - NEWS - Claire Tyrrell

At 110, Thelma McLeod’s birth­day wish is to get back to the ac­tiv­ity that has kept her so young — walk­ing.

“She was very ac­tive when she was younger. She would go on a lot of walks,” her grand­daugh­ter Ber­nadette McCarthy said.

Mrs McLeod joined an ex­clu­sive club yes­ter­day, be­com­ing one of a few su­per­cente­nar­i­ans in WA. She could not put her fin­ger on why she has lived for so long. “I don’t know, I just keep on go­ing,” she said. “I would re­ally like to walk again.”

Mrs McCarthy said her grand­mother cooked all her own food and made her own clothes.

Mrs McLeod was born in Cool­gar­die and lived in Clare­mont for most of her life.

She moved to Bethanie Group’s Wearne Cottes­loe aged- care fa­cil­ity 15 years ago and has had two hip re­place­ments since.

“We didn’t think she was go­ing to make it through the last one (in 2015) but she’s still go­ing,” her son John McLeod said.

She is a grand­mother of five and great-grand­mother of nine and is in amaz­ingly good health for her age.

The old­est known West Aus­tralian is Mar­garet Vi­vian, who turns 111 this month.

Thelma McLeod cel­e­brates her birth­day with great-grand­chil­dren Ivy and Alba Lan­caster. Pic­ture: Steve Fer­rier

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