With all the craziness going on in the world today, it's nice to hear some news that’s uplifting for a change.
Stasia Kowalski, 92, relies on her cane for help to keep her mobile, but when she’s in the pool there’s no need for that stability. The Louisville, Kentucky resident who didn’t learn to swim until she was practically 40, swam in her very first swim meet on June 29, and broke not one, but two records! Her time in the 100-meter backstroke was 4:08.80 in the 90-94 years old age category, which breaks the previous record of 4:19.03. that was set back in August 2002.
Then in the 50-meter backstroke, she held the best time for her age bracket at 1:45.57, which beat out the fastest time of 1:54.35 set back in August 2003. Just goes to show, you’re never too old to learn or try something new.
Here’s your Monday inspiration: If 92-year-old Stasia Kowalski can do it, you can do it, too! The Louisvillian competed in her first swim meet on Saturday at Lakeside Swim Club, setting the best times for her age bracket in the 50-meter and 100-meter backstroke. “Just because you’re in your 90s doesn’t mean life is over. There’s always something exciting to do, if you want to,” she says. Kowalski didn’t learn to swim until she was almost 40 years old because she was afraid of water. Now, she swims two or three times a week in the summertime. 📷 Timothy D. Easley, @courierjournal⠀ #louisville #sharelouisville #louisvillelove #inspiration #swim #swimming #louisvilleky
The general manager of Lakeside Swim Club Mary Graves, who also happens to be the deck coach for the Lakeside Masters Swim Team, calls Kowalski inspiring. Graves said, "There’s not too many 90-year-olds swimming in our region. It’s pretty amazing. She’s an inspiration..I’d love to be where she is today in 30 more years.” Wouldn’t we all!
Kowalski also swam in a medley relay and plans to do it all again if she’s capable. Before the meet, she said she had been a “wreck”, but her nerves seem to die down once she was in the pool.
“I don’t think I’ll have as many knots in my stomach next time," she said.
Swimming is not all this talented senior citizen does. She loves doing morning yoga, playing scrabble, and getting fancy in the kitchen with some gourmet cooking.
This lady is definitely not about sitting around and doing nothing. “Just because you’re in your 90’s doesn’t mean life is over. There’s always something exciting to do, if you want to”, she said. And she’s absolutely right. Why sit and watch life pass you by when you can be out living and experiencing things. This woman's motivation is truly inspiring.
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