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Date: Mon, 6 Jul 2009 06:21:55 -0700
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Good example for heathy long life!  I think "cryonics" and "life  
extension research" -- I wonder if someone in our communities could  
swing an interview for their newsletter?  Genome analysis? Attitude  

Live long and prosper,


100 year old Grandmother shot puts her way to Games
Brisbane grandmother and keen athlete Ruth Firth is in training to  
compete in the World Masters Games in Sydney in October. Ruth Firth  
will be the oldest competitor at the Games, which focuses on getting  
people involved no matter what their age or ability.

KERRY O'BRIEN, PRESENTER: It's nearly a decade since Australia's  
sporting heart was captured by the Sydney Olympics. But tomorrow marks  
a 100 day countdown to another huge sporting event in Sydney: the  
World Masters Games. About 25,000 athletes will be competing, some  
former champions, others just plain enthusiastic. The games are about  
encouraging people to stay fit and healthy through sport, regardless  
of their years, and no one has taken the message on board more than  
one remarkable woman: Ruth Frith, who will have passed her own century  
when she stands in the track and field arena.

John Taylor reports from Brisbane.

JOHN TAYLOR, REPORTER: On a cold Brisbane morning, Ruth Frith is  
getting ready to throw her weight around.

Even at 99, practise still makes perfect.

RUTH FRITH: Well, I can only say because I've loved athletics since I  
was at primary school, and that could be the only reason because I  
don't believe in diets. I don't believe in all that jazz.

JOHN TAYLOR: Alongside is her 69-year-old daughter and fellow athlete  
Helen Searle.

HELEN SEARLE, DAUGHTER: Back off. I'll hit you in the head.

JOHN TAYLOR: How good an athlete is your mum?

HELEN SEARLE: Her record stands for herself. She's world record holder  
since she turned 85 in the 100, the long jump, the triple jump and all  
the throws.

HELEN SEARLE: That was good. You had your arms out nice and straight.  
That was good.

JOHN TAYLOR: Come October, Ruth Frith will be competing in five  
athletics events at the World Masters Games in Sydney. She will be 100  
then and the oldest competitor, not that it's anything special.

RUTH FRITH: Why is the focus on just because you're going to be 100? I  
didn't do anything to be 100. I just grew.

JOHN TAYLOR: Ruth's daughter Helen has long been the sporting champion  
in the family. Through the '50s and '60s she competed in two Olympics  
and three Commonwealth Games.

HELEN SEARLE: Thanks to my Mum and Dad carting me around and making  
sure I had the right coaches, it's been hard work but I've seen a lot  
of the world that normally I wouldn't have seen.

JOHN TAYLOR: But two and a half decades ago her mum decided it was her  
turn to have a go, even though she was 74.

RUTH FRITH: Well, I got tired. I used to go to the World Games around  
the world and everyone would say: "Ruth, you mind my bag." So I ended  
up surrounded by bags while they were all out on the field. And I  
thought this is stupid. I may as well join it and get in it myself. So  
that's how I came to really join.

JOHN TAYLOR: As old as she is, Ruth Frith is a poster child for  
Sydney's World Masters Games.

Its motto is fit, fun and forever young.

About 25,000 people will be competing from around the world. Masters  
competitions are about getting involved, no matter what your age or  

RUTH FRITH: And the hardest part of me ever to being a Master, now I  
was 74 way back in '83, and was getting out in a pair of shorts. Now  
women didn't wear slacks or anything much in '83 and again a pair of  
shorts - that was the most nerve-racking thing.

JOHN TAYLOR: Are you over that now?

RUTH FRITH: Oh, yes!

JOHN TAYLOR: Ruth Frith doesn't think she's special but when she's not  
training or competing, she speaks to others about why she thinks  
masters sport is good for everyone.

RUTH FRITH: If you ever see creaky knees and grey-haired people  
walking around an Oval or trying to throw, please don't laugh. Just  
wave and say "good on you" because they are only fulfilling a dream, a  
dream they may have had when they were children and could never carry  
it out, but now they have the chance.

JOHN TAYLOR: What makes this woman even more remarkable is that her  
sight is nearly gone.

RUTH FRITH: They told me it would be 10 years. Well that was '94 and  
204 ... it's a degeneration of your eyes.

JOHN TAYLOR: How good is your sight? What can you see?

RUTH FRITH: I can't see your face!

JOHN TAYLOR: There are some, you know, small fortunes from losing your  

RUTH FRITH: That's true. That's true.

JOHN TAYLOR: She believes it's just part of life. And you overcome the  
bad by getting out there and staying active.

RUTH FRITH: I think all life is just: be true to your own self. If you  
can't be true to your own self you can't be true to anybody. So live  
your own life your way and don't be deflected down the wrong path. I  
just think life is living your own life and living it to the full.

KERRY O'BRIEN: When she is ready to hang up her spikes there is always  
another career for a decade or so as a coach perhaps.

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