Alison happy when she is flying
IN her own words, Alison Worrall is just an old girl trying to stay healthy.
In the process she has won a lot of gold medals.
The 88-year-old is the reigning 50m butterfly Australian record holder, after clocking 1:31.88 in Perth two years ago.
The time puts her among the top 10 fastest for her age in the world.
She has also cleaned up in track and field, and in the Alice Springs Masters Games in January she scored two track gold and four swimming gold.
Her latest swag of medals came at the New Zealand Masters Games.
But Ms Worrall doesn’t compete for the glory and the gold, it is about keeping fit, and travelling around Australia and the world meeting new people.
“I went to New Zealand last month and got six gold, in the individual medley, breast stroke and freestyle. I had a really happy time, so for me, it is not just about the sports and competition. I like the people, we all have a happy time together. I am just a healthy old bird who enjoys travelling and having a swim.”
She says more people her age should stay active.
“Water; the thing about it is that it holds you up. It’s not hard on the body. I think a lot of people my age need to get moving more, keep fit and stay out of hospital.
“If more people moved around and walked more it would be a good thing.”
After travelling across the Australian continent and overseas for competitions, Alison won’t be hitting the water at her home pool in a fortnight for the Queensland Championships. She will be by the pool ensuring the competition runs smoothly.
Oasis Pool at Banora Point will host the Queensland Masters State Long Course Championships from March 25 to 27. The event is expected to attract more than 300 entrants, aged from 18 to 90 years.
Swimmers from around the world will compete, but only Queenslanders can get medals.