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Being older doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the gym

Being older doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the gym

THAT FACT was proven by members at two of Barnsley Premier Leisure’s sites earlier this month, which celebrated those members who are from an older generation.

At Kilton Forest Golf Club, 86-year-old Ray Lane is one of the most dedicated members they have.

After retiring aged 70, he joined Kilton at the turn of the millennium.

A newcomer to golf, he joined with the intention of learning how to play.

An ex-haulage contractor, he was used to working six-and-a-half day weeks. It meant he was used to being active and wanted to keep up with his fitness during his retirement.

Ray’s wife died in 2006, which is when he began to attend Kilton more and more for the social benefits as well as the physical.

He now visits on a Tuesday, Thursday and a Sunday and despite not being the greatest golfer - a fact Ray himself readily admits - he still loves to come along for the enjoyment.

Despite his modesty, clearly his time on the green is paying off: he has a shelf of trophies to his name as the 2009 Seniors Top Dog medal holder, the 2011 Lewis James Memorial winner and a three time Senior Pairs Better Ball champion.

With a strong social circle developed at the club, he has no intentions of stopping attending any time soon.

Over at BPL’s Bircotes site, 82-year-old Chris Adamson tries her hand at all sorts of classes.

After initially starting off just in the gym, she joined a fitness class through her GP referral scheme.

Then she joined Tai Chi and Pilates, which she still continues to attend.

But her favourite is Aquacise.

Chris visited Australia’s Great Barrier Reef in 1981, which inspired her to learn to swim.

It was a journey she only started in 2000 when she joined the Bircotes learn to swim programme.

She has now been attending more than 15 years and travels 18 miles to get to the centre, purely out of love for the facility and its staff.

Bircotes is the only site she uses and she says she has no intentions of going anywhere else.

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