Swimmer to celebrate 100th birthday

Jean Gartside of Eden Hill is turning 100 on August 27. Picture: David Baylis.        www.communitypix.com.au    d495094
Jean Gartside of Eden Hill is turning 100 on August 27. Picture: David Baylis. www.communitypix.com.au d495094

EDEN Hill swimmer Jean Gartside, who turns 100 this month, says she wants to keep swimming for as long as she can.

Ms Gartside (99) is celebrating her milestone birthday with a family gathering of five generations on August 27.

She has been swimming every week at Bayswater Waves for about 20 years.

Despite needing a walker, she still drives to the aquatic centre to do exercises in the hydro pool every second day.

Her love for swimming stemmed from her parents, who owned one of the first public baths in WA in Nedlands and leased out another bath in Crawley.

She grew up at the living quarters in Crawley before moving to Geraldton.

Crawley bath in 1940. Picture: Supplied.

She said turning 100 did not feel any different to other birthdays.

She said she enjoyed swimming because it kept her physically and mentally fit.

“I used to come (to Bayswater Waves) every day but I’ve cut it down to every second day,” she said.

“It gets you out of the house.

“When you live by yourself, you need to converse with other people.

“I have a lot of friends and I like talking to people.

“I think that keeps you mentally fit.”

She said she also took her dog out to exercise as another way to stay active.

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