Grey Power boss urges physical activity
"Winning isn't important. Getting out and having a go is."
Grey Power New Zealand Federation's newly elected president Terry King, of Invercargill, is encouraging older people to be physically active if they are capable.
The former Invercargill city councillor and fifth generation Southlander, who was elected president at Grey Power's annual meeting this month, is looking forward to his new role.
Grey Power is an advocacy organisation promoting the welfare and wellbeing of all those citizens in the 50-plus age group.
"We are a strong group with new board members and an increasing membership across the country."
King was passionate about Grey Power and the welfare and wellbeing of older people.
With an election looming, the federation had a firm election strategy where it would focus on key issues affecting its members such as health, rates and superannuation issues, he said.
The federation had been "very concerned" about rising electricity prices but Grey Power Electricity had been established, allowing cheaper electricity rates for its members.
It had been a successful enterprise, King said.
The former Southland Boys' High School pupil doesn't let age get in his way.
Approaching his mid 70s, King power walks 2km every evening and swims 2km five days a week. The self-taught swimmer won four gold medals at the New Zealand Masters Games this year and plans to enter again in 2016 and the World Masters Games in Auckland in 2017.
King said older people should be physically active if they were capable.
"If I can do it, anyone else can do it in my age group. I'd encourage older people to get out and give it a go. Winning isn't important. Getting out and having a go is . . . it's good for your health."
"It gets me out of bed in the morning."
The Southland Times