Congratulations to a dozen of Central Texas’ most fabulously fit older residents, who will be featured in an upcoming calendar.
Two local physician networks set out to find inspirational residents, ages 60 to 69, to feature in the 2019 Austin 60 Strong calendar. They’ve announced the winners, who include cancer survivors, pole vaulters, a former stuntman, a nurse and more.
A panel of judges – full confession here, I was one of them – selected winners based on their health, fitness, wellness, community involvement and volunteerism. We wanted to highlight people who exemplify that worn-out phrase “living life to the fullest.” We found plenty who inspired us.
In addition to appearing in the Austin 60 Strong calendar, winners will be honored with a kickoff party, a professional photo shoot and compensation for their modeling time.
Proceeds from calendar sales will benefit Capital City Village, a virtual community of seniors committed to aging in place and community while maintaining healthy and active lifestyles.
Without further ado, the winners are:
- Ben Barlin, a cancer survivor, hiker and blackbelt in jiu jitsu.
- Toni Bourke, a military veteran and nurse who walks daily.
- Rev. Dave Corna, who lost more than 200 pounds and runs with Austin Fit.
- Kim Cousins, a former educator who paddles, swims, cycles and more.
- Shelley Friend, who volunteers with Faithworks and the Iron Butterflies Project and exercises daily.
- Dan Garrett, who’s been running for nearly 40 years and volunteers as a coach.
- Mike Gassaway, a former stunt man and motorcycle racer who does yoga and volunteers in dog rescue.
- Lisa Kurek, a Crossfitter who volunteers at the Austin Center for Grief & Loss.
- Susan Joiner, a cancer survivor who works out six days a week and follows a whole foods diet.
- Susan Mobley, who started pole vaulting in her 60s and bakes cookies for local firefighters.
- Grace Perez, a Meals on Wheels volunteer who walks daily.
- Miriam Raviv, a longtime triathlete and swimmer, cyclist and runner.