Asidelines: Golden girl still sporty at 74

Pictured is 72 years old Naomi Crowder of Westminster Close,Lodge Moor,with the 9 medals (5 Gold,2 Silver 2 Bronze) she won in the Master Games in Australia & New Zealand competing in Swimming,Tennis and Walking Events
Pictured is 72 years old Naomi Crowder of Westminster Close,Lodge Moor,with the 9 medals (5 Gold,2 Silver 2 Bronze) she won in the Master Games in Australia & New Zealand competing in Swimming,Tennis and Walking Events
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SHE is Sheffield’s super-fit septuagenarian and she’s just won another haul of gold medals.

Naomi Crowder, pictured above, aged 74, gets better with the years and at a New Zealand Masters games she claimed nine podium places in three sports.

She topped her age group in six swimming events and the five kilometre walk, and claimed silver in tennis.

The young(at-heart)ster, of Westminster Close, Fulwood, has been going to the games - a social activity for people who like their sport friendly - since 2006, and has won more medals than she can remember.

“It’s about taking part,” she says. “But I like to win.”

Now she will do the Great North Swim, a one mile splash at Lake Windermere. Phew.

Beat night on

“THE only people for me are the mad ones,” so wrote Jack Kerouac, “the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved.”

It’s more than 50 years since his novel On The Road was published but a Sheffield bar wants you to get mad yourself at a night dedicated to the American beat writer. Readers are wanted to perform his work at The Great Gatsby in Division Street, Sheffield, Takes place March 17. Tickets from £4.