Age no barrier for sprightly Sawtell gent

A SAWTELL gent has proven age is no barrier to living life to the fullest.

Fred Worrall turns 90 years old on Monday, and to celebrate he's taking one day off from an exercise regime that sees him cycle 20kms around Coffs Harbour three times a week.

Fred calls it 'a habit', but it just may be what keeps the sprightly senior citizen's wheels turning.

"I've been out and about doing things for most of my life," he said.

That's an understatement, for when his wife, Dee, pipes up with a list of her hubby's sporting achievements, it's clear that Fred's life has always been on the move.

He played for South Sydney in the 1940s, captained Toowoomba to victory in an inner city rugby league competition while in the army, ran in the City to Surf several times, went paragliding in Fiji in his 60s and even bungy jumped in New Zealand at the age of 79.

Now Fred takes to the bike tracks of Coffs, to keep up the exercise that is his joy and his passion.

"If I don't get on the bike, I'll be told to do the housework," Fred laughs.

When he doesn't ride, he walks, and sometimes you'll see him out on the golf course, though he does admit he's not 'a top golfer'.

His wife Dee said it's a credit to Fred to be able to do it all.

"He makes me tired just looking at him," Dee said.

Fred's 90th birthday will be celebrated with a small family reunion on Sunday, and aside from that one day off, he'll be back on the track before long.

"I'll keep going while I can," Fred said.

"I did my Achilles tendon once, which slowed me down a little bit. But not for long."


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