Age Is Just A Number – Swimmers In Plymouth

Age Is Just A Number – Swimmers In Plymouth


My name’s Len Williams,
and I’m 93 years of age. -85
-and I’m 60 I’m 84. I’m 84 years old. And I’m 82 I’m 83, and I just enjoy swimming. I was thrown into the deep end as a very
young age and taught to swim. In the rough way. And I’ve been a competitive swimmer
in the past, in my youth. And I just find Swimming is a
very good exercise. Twenty years ago I suffered a heart attack and knocked me for six a little. My surgeon said I should take up a more sedate sport. So I turned to swimming and haven’t
looked back basically. Well now I’m living alone, you know, it’s out meeting people, that benefits. And it gets me out and about, I mean I’d just be stuck away and vegetate I think otherwise. My activity level did drop a lot when I was 35, because I had two small children and I find it very
difficult to get out and exercise. When they were old enough to stick up in the spectator’s gallery, I could go swimming again. and that’s really how it all started. I was taught to swim
by my father mainly before the war, at Cawsand Beach. Then I joined the Navy in 1941. Volunteered to be a backwards swimmer,
then they called it. So I got extra time
in the swimming pool. I was in the Royal Navy for 20 years, so I’ve swum in right in the ocean, at sea. You know, occasionally. It was always funny feeling with a sense of the bottom
being way down there. You always sense of relief when you got out, but it was great stuff to do it. Well I think it was me keeps me going. I think if I didn’t have some activity like
this I’d be stuck home, and sat in a chair all day long and getting fat, I’ve always been a
swimmer and I’ve always been fairly active. I used to do a lot of running and cycling. And in my latter years I took up long distance walking, and I’ve walked right across Spain eight times. Takes about five and a half weeks. I can understand people being nervous coming back but people are so so helpful and so friendly, that don’t think there’s any real reason
not to come back. The swimming is 50 percent of it. But the companionship and friendship we got here
is the other 50 percent. If you start with the sort of social side of it, and realize that nobody is going to just make fun of you, because you’re a little bit overweight
or you’re a bit slow or whatever, you’ll find it’s quite a nice place to to come.

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