Age doesn’t weary Riverton’s Corinthian Park Tennis Club member’s enthusiasm


96-year-old Sam Hancock at Corinthian Park Tennis Club. Picture: Marie Nirme www.communitypix.com.au d477834
96-year-old Sam Hancock at Corinthian Park Tennis Club. Picture: Marie Nirme www.communitypix.com.au d477834

OTHERS his age might be slowing down a bit, but not Sam Hancock.

Proving that age is just a number, the 96-year-old can still be found enjoying his weekly hit around at Riverton’s Corinthian Park Tennis Club, a pastime he has enjoyed for the good part of 40 years.

“After greeting all of my friends I settle in to a day of doubles play,” he said.

“These days I don’t play every round of tennis but I also enjoy watching others play and socialising when not on the court.

“It gives me a great sense of wellbeing and I greatly enjoy the company, the competition and the club.

“It gives me a way to recharge my batteries.”

There’s no sign of the young-at-heart athlete giving up his favourite sport anytime soon, with Mr Hancock saying he would continue to play until he couldn’t any longer.

“Only age will beat me, though failing eyesight is becoming a bit of a problem too,” he said.

“I enjoy good health and tennis is a wonderful exercise.”

As for those thinking about slowing down, Mr Hancock had one piece of advice.

“Play tennis and think positive-you are never too old,” he said.