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Swan View resident Joseph Reah is ready to take on his younger competitors.

Age no barrier in sport and life

By Claire Ottaviano

AT 91-years-old, Australian Masters Games competitor and Swan View resident Joseph Reah says age is just a number.

The Australian Masters Games is a week-long festival of sport bringing together competitors from around Australia at a new location each year.

This year, the event will take place in Perth from October 9 to 16.

Mr Reah is entering the event for the first time, signed up by his daughter, and is also the oldest competitor in this year’s competition.

“Ever since I had my bypass surgery 11 years ago I walk 5km on the treadmill everyday,” Mr Reah said.

“[My daughter] said, ‘dad you’re nice and fit why don’t you join this masters games’.

“Everybody’s making a point of telling me that I am the oldest competitor, but I’m no different whatsoever, I just appear a bit older.”

Although the treadmill keeps him fit, dancing is his passion.

“I don’t look at dancing as a sport,” he said.

“I look at dancing as a romantic movement.

“I’ve done it all life because it’s a partner sport, I enjoy life and I like people to enjoy life with me.”

This is just the second time Perth has hosted the Australian Masters Games, the first being in 1993.

Entry is open to all who meet the minimum age criteria, which in most sports is 30 years.

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