90yo celebrates over ping-pong

HILDEGARD Zabrak is proof that an active and interesting life is one of the keys to longevity ... and perhaps an addiction to table tennis doesn’t hurt either.

A Coffs Harbour local for the past three decades, Mrs Zabrak yesterday spent her 90th birthday staring down challengers over a ping-pong table.

As a popular member of the Over-50s Table Tennis Club, Mrs Zabrak was joined by more than 30 other players to celebrate her 90th birthday, share a sponge cake and show the ‘juniors’ a thing or two about her favourite game.

Her style, energy and prowess gave little hint of her advancing years or an upbringing during the depression in Europe.

Mrs Zabrak was born in Germany in 1920 and counts as one of the turning points of her life meeting her late husband Emry when she was just 16.

“I met him when my father took me to Berlin to see the 1936 Olympic Games and he was playing water polo for Hungary.”

Mrs Zabrak emigrated from Germany to Australia in 1950.



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