Nova Scotia

In the swim of things: 96 year old stays fit in pool

Mary MacDonald turned 96 this month and she celebrated with a pool party.
96 year old Mary MacDonald enjoys a swim at the Northside Community Pool in Sydney Mines. (Yvonne Leblanc-Smith/CBC)

Mary MacDonald turned 96 this month and she celebrated with a pool party.

She and her friends got together for a swim at the Northside Community Pool in Sydney Mines.

MacDonald spends a lot of time at the pool, she's there three times a week and swims for 90 minutes each time.

"Oh I just do the breast stroke, or a little crawl or something, I am not a professional by any means, I just enjoy, "

Besides some problems with her eyesight and blood pressure MacDonald is in great shape.

She said swimming loosens her up and keeps her mobile.

"And it's the reason I am as fit as I am. I am sure of it because I look forward to it and if I don't get to it I miss it," said MacDonald.

MacDonald's commitment to swimming motivates the younger swimmers.

Percy Dunphy, 89, is one of those swimmers. He's been swimming since he could walk.

"Oh yes. By all means. Indeed she is an inspiration," said Dunphy.

He loves the pool as well, he enjoys the camaraderie and he said it makes him feel young.

"It feels pretty good. Still getting up and going so it feels pretty good," said Dunphy.

Mary MacDonald said it feels good to be around cheerful people.

"I know we don't have any claim on tomorrow so I live for today. I don't worry about things because it's a waste of time, to my mind it is. I say when I get up in the morning and I know who I am and where I am I feel I have a good day started already," said MacDonald.

This great-grandmother says she has no secret; because she tells everybody: it's positively, pleasant people and the pool that keeps her 96-years young.

"Life is good, that's all I can say, and God has been very good to me," said MacDonald.

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