Taking plunge at 69 years
YOU'RE never too old to learn to swim reckons Tweed grandmother Virginia Cowlard.
The 69-year-old from Uki yesterday took to the water in the Murwillumbah Memorial swimming complex to improve her stroke.
She said she learnt to swim last year because she takes granddaughter Jessie Shankley, from west of Lismore, to the pool but previously could not swim with her.
It was only just before Christmas that she was able to "jump in at the deep end" for the first time.
Mrs Cowlard started lessons last January but is continuing training and aims to eventually compete in a future Masters Games for seniors.
"You've got to have an aim," she said.
"Jessie is the one who inspired me.
"She learnt in two weeks last year with Get Wet Swimming and she can now go in off the deep end.
"I never swam in my life before. Coming from England, after the war they didn't build swimming pools; they built houses."