I have a new role model in my life. Whenever I’m feeling old and decrepit I remind myself of the amazing Olga Kotelka.
Olga recently turned 95 years old and holds 26 world records in the Masters Track & Field circuit where she still actively competes in multiple categories. She is a retired school teacher and lives in Vancouver, BC. Olga didn’t take up Track & Field until she was 77 years old, but having grown up on a farm in Saskatchewan, where doing stuff all day was expected, she has kept up that habit ever since.
There is a great article about Olga in the April 2014 issue of Chatelaine magazine based on an excerpt from a book written by Bruce Grierson called What Makes Olga Run. She is literally in a class by herself and an inspiration to anyone who values fitness and health as they age. There is also a similar piece written about Olga in a January 2014 article in the Toronto Star.
While it is true that good genes are helpful, Olga exemplifies the power of a positive attitude and applying consistent effort to lead an active lifestyle.
I think when I grow up, I want to be like Olga!