Never too old ...

2017-06-28 06:01
Earning their honoury membership with the South African Senior Fitness Association (from left) Catherine Roadknight, Margie Hattingh (fitness instructor) and Mae Kirkman.

Earning their honoury membership with the South African Senior Fitness Association (from left) Catherine Roadknight, Margie Hattingh (fitness instructor) and Mae Kirkman.

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TWO Mooihawens residents, both 93, have proved beyond doubt that a healthy lifestyle can be maintained and will stand you in good stead.

Mae Kirkman and Catherine Roadknight, have been awarded honoury membership with the South African Senior Fitness Association following their commitment to attend a fitness class at Mooihawens every Monday.

Handing over their certificates, instructor Margie Hattingh said: “I look at you and I am inspired. You are here
every Monday.

“In Afrikaans they talk about the word ‘vreugde’ - ‘you give me joy’. ‘Joy’ is different from happiness. You are an example of what one can still do. There must have been some chilly mornings or nights when you have not slept well, but still you come. Thank you.”

“I come here, because they [Mooihawens] are doing it for us and because of everything they do for us. I know they do it to keep us happy,” said Mae.

Mae said she always participated in sport - hockey and netball - and enjoys the exercise. Her family has a rich history in Warner Beach.

Mae and her late twin sister, June have been living at Mooihawens for many years. June died in November last year.

Both were born and raised in Warner Beach and both married “local boys”.

Their grandmother, Bayly was the owner of the Warner Beach Hotel and donated the grounds to Warner Beach Preparatory School. She also built the bowling green.

“I enjoy these classes. I have always loved exercise and Margie makes it so pleasurable - she is simply lovely.

“It is a pleasure to come,” said Catherine.

Catherine’s attendance is even more remarkable if one considers she underwent neurosurgery 18 months ago and slipped into a coma.

They considered turning off the respirator, but her son refused, saying “she is a fighter”.

He was proved right and today Catherine is the spitting image of health.

“It is so nice to be independent again. Running is the only sport I loved when I was young.

“I was born in Harri-smith and lived in KwaZulu-Natal all my life. I came to Mooihawens nine years ago with my husband [now late] and I love it - it is my home,” said Catherine.

Margie Hattingh is 71 and a nurse by training. She has been running the class since 1988 and also does a class for the disabled wing, Huis Lena, on Wednesday.

“I love making them happy. Music is a big part of it and I choose tunes they can relate to.

“I have always loved old people. I was a nursing sister and ran a clinic in the rural area.

“Those days one could still go out and see your patients,” Margie said.

When Margie quit nursing to raise her children, she started dancing and did classical ballet, tap, modern ballet and Spanish dancing.

She completed her fitness instructor diploma and thereafter her senior fitness instructor’s diploma.

At the age of 40 she started aerobics classes in her own gym and thereafter for the old age residence.

“I have always loved old people and when I was asked to do the classes, I could not believe it, it was like a dream come true,” she said.

 

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