Sporty seniors step up

2016-04-14 06:00
The senior citizens enjoy one of the many games. Photo: graham barclay

The senior citizens enjoy one of the many games. Photo: graham barclay

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THE Fairbreeze Senior Citizens Club prove without a shadow of doubt that you are only as old you feel; meeting twice a week to take part in a variety of sporting activities.

The club’s 86 loyal members meet at the Tongaat Town Hall every Monday and Wednesday to participate in a health awareness programme that seeks to keep senior citizens fit, active and healthy.

As part of their exercise, the enthusiastic members perform a number of drills ranging from passing around a soccer ball and catching hoops on sticks to throwing around a rugby ball and the central theme is to have fun while getting a workout.

Club chairperson, Geetha Reddy, said there is a great sense of community among members who enjoy getting together to socialise as they mobilise.

“Meeting twice every week gives our members a great opportunity to keep fit in a wonderfully social setting – we are all good friends who come together to enjoy some good exercise, good food and great conversation,” said Reddy, who added that all the club’s members are over 60-years-old.

Designed for and run by Tongaat’s senior citizens, the health awareness programme is not just social; it is also competitive. On Wednesday 6 April, the Fairbreeze team took on a handful of other clubs at the Tongaat Town Hall in the widely enjoyed ‘Golden Games’; a sporting tournament for senior citizens from across the Tongaat area to compete in the exercises they all know and love.

The Games seek to bring senior citizens from the wider Tongaat area together in a fun and healthy drive to keep fit, stay social and share some laughs as they enjoy their golden years.

“There is truly something for each of our members to embrace and enjoy as they settle into retirement. At the Fairbreeze Senior Citizens Club we are all fun-loving, active over 60s with a passion for life,” said Reddy, who added that the club’s oldest member is 86 and still going strong.

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