RACE WALKING HER WAY TO THE TOP
No stopping ‘The Great Jean Horne’
When it comes to race walking, Jean Horne is hard to beat. At 85, the Kitchener resident is the reigning world champion in her age category. Horne laughs as she admits the 80-plus age category isn’t exactly stacked with competition. But she’s been at the top of her game long before now, training with a coach and competing in six races a year. And she doesn’t plan to stop. In September, she will defend her five- and 10-kilometre gold medals at the World Masters Athletics Championships in Spain. She’s been atop the podium since 2013.
“I keep thinking maybe this is my last (world championship),” she says. “But I keep doing it.”
Horne has long been a firm believer in the importance of physical activity.
“I’ve been exercising on a regular basis since I was 35 — that’s when I learned to swim,” she says.
She took up the sport after watching her two young boys at swimming lessons. It looked like fun, so she signed up for