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Katherine Johnstone is a 94-year-old competitive swimmer and promoter of living an active life.
Only last month, she competed in the FINA World Masters in Riccione, Italy –at nearly 95 she was the oldest competitor and the darling of the games!
Originally, Katherine took up swimming at 70 years of age after deciding it was time to try something exciting. She tried hang-gliding, rafting and sky-diving, then settled on swimming and never looked back.
In 2010, she received an AMP Scholarship – enabling her to travel outside New Zealand and compete with other swimmers in her age group.
AMP Scholarships are designed for Kiwis who are dedicated to “doing their thing” with an extra helping hand. Unlike other scholarships, they’re for Kiwis who have a willingness to succeed and a commitment to their chosen field, regardless of age.
Kathryn’s thing is “masters swimming”, and she’s found that it’s given her a new lease on life and a unique outlook. She sees herself as a pin-up girl for over-70s and enjoys inspiring others to keep active in their golden years.
Late last year, she was also asked to become part of AMP Scholarships’ Alumni – ten handpicked recipients who have excelled and can give pride and inspiration to all Kiwis.
As she says, “I'm determined to show people that 90 year olds that can do anything they want in this life.”