Betty Gold marked her 95th birthday on Aug. 13 by diving into the pool at the Johnson-Bentley Memorial Aquatic Centre in West Kelowna.
It was a clean entry and she surfaced seconds later, smiling and laughing to the delight of friends and family gathered around the pool deck.
“I dive from the board every year on my birthday,” Gold said in an interview. “And in-between a lot, too, but then only from the edge of the pool.”
Gold has taken aqua-fit classes regularly at the pool since it opened 30 years ago. She credits that devotion to fitness as keeping her healthy and happy.
“I really believe in exercise,” she says. “I don’t want to sit in no chair and just rock.”
Gold joined the Westside Seniors Centre in 1976 when she was 53 years old. She’s had a hand in running and participating with every activity that takes place there, except billiards, of which she is no fan.
Gold played baseball until she was 75. “That’s when I hung up my glove,” she said. “It was getting just a little too much to run around the bases.”
Like any nonagenarian, Gold is often asked the secret to her longevity and sprightliness. “Easy. Being close to your family and friends.”