- Tuesday, 04 September 2012
Dr Charles Eugster will be attempting to add another 5 gold medals to his name at the World Masters rowing regatta in Duisburg, Germany this weekend 7th- 9th of September, at the age of 93 and having won 36 golds already Eugster is not ready to give up just yet.
"I've been inspired by the Olympics and the Paralympics," he says, "I kept on seeing the motto on billboards, Inspire a Generation, but the legacy should be that the Olympics should inspire all generations and I hope that I can go some way to doing that."
Eugster uses Olympic rower Greg Searle as an example, "If he can win Olympic rowing gold at 20 and then compete again at 40 and take bronze, it proves that we all can take part in sport. The recent games should be the catalyst for everyone in the country regardless of their age to get off their sofas and get onto the sports field or into a boat!"
The world renowned nonagenarian who won his most recent Strenflex Fitness World Champion title only 3 months ago with a performance including 48 push-ups in 45 seconds and 52 dips says that his remarkable fitness and performances are all down to the preparation and training prior to an event, and he believes that life in advanced years can just be dramatically better than has ever been imagined if the right type of training is invested in.
And while physical training gives benefits at any age research has shown that when a training program is started at the age of 60, increased longevity and better health in old age can be anticipated. He says, "I am one of very few who reach this age, but in 20 to 30 years' time one in every five citizens of any European country will be in their 90s or will have reached a full century. This is an absolutely staggering fact. We cannot go on like this."
"I want to unleash the physical and economic potential of the aged. We can be creative and using the talents of the old we can make a major contribution to society so that we are no longer viewed as a liability but a valued asset. I have been exercising in a targeted manner for 5 years- and at the age of 93 my body is still improving, and if I can do it anyone can!"
He concludes, "Searle has a great saying; If not now, when? And I would ask that of the Olympic legacy in Great Britain, we were 3rd in the medal table but are 18th in sports participation, there is no better time for us than now as a sporting nation to pass the baton to every generation and run with it."
To find out more about Charles of the World Rowing Regatta go to http://www.charleseugster.net/
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