As It Happens

101-year-old javelin thrower goes for gold, plans to compete for another decade

Florence Storch will be the oldest competitor at the 2014 Canada 55 Plus Games, when they kick off this week in Strathcona, Alberta. Years ago, when she was just 89 years old, she won a provincial silver in javelin. At 95, she took national gold at the games.Now, at 101, she's going for gold again....
Florence Storch will be the oldest competitor at the 2014 Canada 55 Plus Games, when they kick off this week in Strathcona, Alberta. Years ago, when she was just 89 years old, she won a provincial silver in javelin. At 95, she took national gold at the games.

Now, at 101, she's going for gold again.

The Alberta woman began throwing javelin when she was 85. She practices behind the Hanna Seniors Lodge, and says she will compete as long as she's able. She attributes her continued competitiveness to her rural upbringing.


In the interest of safety, her son - who is a 55+ competitor - is asking his mom to keep one hand on her walker when she throws.

CBC Calgary's Danielle Nerman caught up with Florence Storch outside her home in Hannah, Alberta.

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

now