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  1. ProducerRoyce Shook

    Royce Shook

    24/02/2017
    Retirement what does it mean to you?
    Retirement what does it mean to you?We can use the dictionary definition of Retirement and we see many different views but the main thrust of the definition is the withdrawal from work due to age.  If one is older and in poor health, the reasons for withdrawing from work is not seen...
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    Royce Shook

    20/02/2017
    Laughter is contagious, don't you think?
    Laughter is contagious, don't you think?If you have not seen this youtube video, please take a look. It is a reminder that laughing is contagious. Try not to laugh or smile as you watch it, I am betting that you can not. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1veWbLpGa78 Published on 28 Sep...
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  3. ProducerRoyce Shook

    Royce Shook

    19/02/2017
    Dealing with stress as we age
    Dealing with stress as we ageMy wife and I have been watching the events in the US as they unfold and we both feel for our American friends who must be very stressed as they move along a path that is bringing change to their country. Change is part of life, but when change...
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    Royce Shook
    19/02/2017 #2 Royce Shook
    @Kevin Baker The ability to have no reaction, is a wonderful gift, I wish I had it
    Kevin Baker
    19/02/2017 #1 Kevin Baker
    Stress is the tax you pay for not taking 100% responsibility for your life. That is a home run. I could not agree more with " How we perceive a stress-provoking event and how we react to it determines its impact on our health " . Myself I try to keep the boundaries clear between what I can influence and that which I cannot combined with the ability to have no reaction.
  4. ProducerRoyce Shook

    Royce Shook

    18/02/2017
    Are you retiring to something or from something?
    Are you retiring to something or from something?We are all retired and we were meeting for lunch on a Friday afternoon. The talk moved through many topics, from funny things grandchildren say to more serious issues such as stroke and medical issues, basketball and hockey. One of the people at the...
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    Julio Angel 🐝Lopez Lopez
    19/02/2017 #13 Julio Angel 🐝Lopez Lopez
    #12 So beBee gives us that opportunity, is a hive of passions @Royce Shook
    Royce Shook
    19/02/2017 #12 Royce Shook
    @Julio Angel 🐝Lopez Lopez @Brian Mckenzie and @Javier I agree that passion is the key to life. I also agree that with Francis that we must find ways to stay relevant. If we find passion in what we do, we do not consider what we do as work, so we continue with our passion for life. However, many people are still searching for their passion. We are fortunate that we have found our passion and that we can live it day to day. I find that many of the people I have had the opportunity to read and interact with, on my short time on beBee, are people who have found their passion and who are sharing their passion with others.
    Julio Angel 🐝Lopez Lopez
    19/02/2017 #11 Julio Angel 🐝Lopez Lopez
    Good advices @Royce Shook Thanks
    Julio Angel 🐝Lopez Lopez
    19/02/2017 #10 Julio Angel 🐝Lopez Lopez
    #9 True, my father had an accident and he was retired, but he's a handyman and he's been busy. Having an occupation, a passion is very important.
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    19/02/2017 #9 Javier 🐝 beBee
    I think I will never retire from working. I need to be active. My job is my passion, and my passion is my job. If you love life, just look for any activity you are passionate about. I know many people who were thinking on retirement and once they got it they died. We don't know how long our lifes will be.... but we know life is short. So enjoy your passions , your job until the final of your days ! Life is beautiful. Human makes it complicated. Have a great Sunday !
    Brian McKenzie
    19/02/2017 #8 Brian McKenzie
    I doubt I ever retire, I havent worked anythink but hustle for nearly the last ten years. No boss, No coworkers, No time clock - hell, most think I dont work as it is now ;)
    Ken Boddie
    19/02/2017 #7 Ken Boddie
    Interesting questions, Royce.
    From the relief of "Take your job and stuff it!" to the unknown potential stressor of 'Me time + She time = We time'.
    "The Devil wears .... a gold watch". 🤣
    Jim 🐝 Cody
    18/02/2017 #6 Jim 🐝 Cody
    Retirement is just a word. However I find that it is a state of mind. It's whatever you want it to be...embrace it and enjoy. 😊
    debasish majumder
    18/02/2017 #5 debasish majumder
    lovely insight @Royce Shook! enjoyed read. thank you for the share.
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    18/02/2017 #4 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    Nice read, @Royce Shook. The main concern I find about being retired is to stay relevant. Helping others is a rewarding way to stay relevant.
    Paul Walters
    18/02/2017 #3 Paul Walters
    @Royce Shook Great piece...must away to do that sock drawer!!
    Helena Jansen van Vuuren
    18/02/2017 #2 Helena Jansen van Vuuren
    Thought I was semi-retired but the part time job grew - probably took on the extra work out of sheer fear of having no income and monthly retirement cheque won't be arriving for another 16months. Have a stash of 1940s pearls - learnt silk stringing, a bit of photography, some social media stuff, attend some markets and an annual 1940s music festival - this is the retirement plan.....however this last job is pushing my health to the max. ....hanging in and hanging on to reach the magical age of 64 3/4 years for my pension. Many of my contemporaries are not as fortunate and had to give up due to health problems....the gods conspired to not let them experience even a couple of years of being master of their day. "Man plans, god(s) laugh"
    Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    18/02/2017 #1 Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    I have never embraced the concept, or ideology of retirement. There are things that I must do in order to pay the bills, but, I do not consider them a 'career', and I would easily let them go without remorse, if my creative abilities sustained me. There are many things I would do if I had the means and wouldn't idly waste my time regardless of my age.
  5. ProducerRoyce Shook

    Royce Shook

    17/02/2017
    Working after retirement most of us want to do this
    Working after retirement most of us want to do thisRetirement used to mean the end of work. But now we’re at a tipping point: a majority of people will be continuing to work after they retire — often in new and different ways. Nearly half (47%) of today’s retirees say they either have worked...
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    Royce Shook

    17/02/2017
    Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder
    Age Activated Attention Deficit DisorderKNOW THE SYMPTOMS!This is how it manifests: I decide to water my garden. As I turn on the hose in the driveway, I look over at my car and decide it needs washing. As I start toward the garage, I notice mail on the porch table that I brought up...
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  7. ProducerRoyce Shook

    Royce Shook

    16/02/2017
    Regrets of the dying
    Regrets of the dyingI recently came across an article titled “Regrets of the Dying.” It was written in 2009 by someone who worked for many years in palliative care, i.e., caring for those who have gone home to die. As death approached, many of her patients expressed...
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    Pascal Derrien
    16/02/2017 #1 Pascal Derrien
    thinking about it
  8. ProducerRoyce Shook

    Royce Shook

    09/02/2017
    Reflections on loss
    Reflections on lossI reflected on the loss of a young life,  this past weekend, as the celebration of the life of Daniel who died over the holiday at my house, was happening in Australia. I remember the young man's mother, Sally, who lost her son on Christmas day. I...
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    Cyndi Docy
    09/02/2017 #1 Cyndi Docy
    My heart goes out to his mother and all involved. You are so right that so often we feel responsible for our children's failures and in turn give ourselves a pat on the back for their successes. Somehow we need to learn to let go...............
  9. ProducerRoyce Shook

    Royce Shook

    02/02/2017
    Writing a press release doesn't need to be difficult
    Writing a press release doesn't need to be difficultWhen I ran my seminars on setting up/and marketing a small business I would talk about the importance of the Press release and how to get it noticed, so as we move into the 2nd day of February 2017, I thought I would review this important tool for...
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    Royce Shook

    30/01/2017
    Older and Wiser...probably not
    Older and Wiser...probably notEver wonder where the idea of the wisdom of the elders came from? When life was simple – and I mean really simple – the elders of the tribe were thought to hold all the wisdom. Not so in our modern society where you not only have to decide where to...
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    Todd Jones
    04/02/2017 #2 Todd Jones
    Great advice @Royce Shook! However, last night, after listening to my 14 year old niece lament over her social media fueled girl troubles, my wife and I marveled at how different adolescence is today, and how different it would have been for us if social media had been available back in the early 80's. I see your point, but personally, I'll take the trials and tribulations and challenges of yesteryear over todays hyper connected problems in a heartbeat. Yes, irrelevance has snuck up on me. I will try to keep it to myself :)
    Kevin Baker
    30/01/2017 #1 Kevin Baker
    I so agree respect is earned. The future begins now and the past is our ammunition to be more successful in our future not to be relived.
  11. ProducerRoyce Shook

    Royce Shook

    29/01/2017
    Druthers
    DruthersThis was written just for fun. A blog I read, BrewNSpew issued a challenge in October. Sometimes, I love to procrastinate so I took some time to reflect and to think about this challenge. Finally, I decided to take on the challenge. I enjoyed the...
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  12. ProducerRoyce Shook

    Royce Shook

    23/01/2017
    Concerns of Boomers
    Concerns of BoomersBack in 1990, when I was running my own business and teaching seminars, I incorporated the following information (not in italics) on what I thought Baby Boomers would do/need in the future into my seminars; recently I read "Generation Reinvention"...
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    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    23/01/2017 #1 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    This is awesome @Royce Shook, I'm going to share this to my hive, Bee Stories so I can have it on hand. You shared many interesting ideas about boomers needs and what can be done/offered!
  13. ProducerRoyce Shook

    Royce Shook

    22/01/2017
    Baby Boomers, between 1946 and 1960, are in their late 50's a dangerous age
    Baby Boomers, between 1946 and 1960, are in their late 50's a dangerous ageBaby Boomers, between 1946 and 1960, are in their late 50's a dangerous age. The oldest is 70, (soon to be 71) the youngest 56 with the medium age 59. At the beginning of the century, those older than 50 controlled 80% of the personal wealth. By...
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  14. ProducerRoyce Shook

    Royce Shook

    20/01/2017
    We hold faith
    We hold faithFor we that live, when we lose someone to death, death becomes a storehouse of discontinued dreams, of unanswered questions, of unfulfilled dreams and desires, of unanswered problems of regrets and remorse, self-hate, self-love or unjustified guilt...
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    Harvey Lloyd
    20/01/2017 #2 Harvey Lloyd
    Death breaks the reverie of our very self centered lives. My existence in the space time continuum has been brought down to the moment i exist. This moment gets shattered because i have not considered the larger part of existence. I have not explored my purpose but rather only sought the pleasures of the moment. Either in depravity or jubilation.

    An exploration of purpose will always happen, its not if but when. This exploration is best explored within our own time. But so many meet the journey within tragedy. The journey will end with some form of spiritual understanding that helps us raise up another day. Why not seek that spiritual understanding before the triggering event?
    Lisa Vanderburg
    20/01/2017 #1 Lisa Vanderburg
    It feels like you have lost someone close - I feel for your pain, Royce. That's the thing with death....it is so un-life-like, that we find our thoughts contradicting each other. We are hard-wired to want answers, and we forget the questions we have asked so many times of a Creator that, in this moment, seems moot. There's no platitudes that can salve the loss; no answers that can sate us. Time is all we have and, after a time, it will be enough.
    Be well.
  15. ProducerRoyce Shook

    Royce Shook

    19/01/2017
    Life is a dance
    Life is a danceLife is dancing with a partner; when setbacks, delays, and detours happen; they're like steps in the mambo, tango, and cha-cha. If you dissect the movements and see them without the rest of the dance, or without hearing the music, everyone looks to...
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    Emily🐝 Bee
    19/01/2017 #1 Emily🐝 Bee
    Shared! I enjoyed this read, thanks.
  16. ProducerRoyce Shook

    Royce Shook

    15/01/2017
    Being pragmatic works, but who wants to work?
    Being pragmatic works, but who wants to work?Every now and then, my thoughts drift to the magic in the world. I feel a loss when pragmatism wins over the mystical. There is a greater force at work when you engage with magic. I believe that strength and optimism combined with hard work will...
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    William VanDorin
    16/01/2017 #2 William VanDorin
    You must remember that our world is in large part, a creation of our own desires.. We live in a universe pulsing with life and forces we used to call magic, but now call science. We understand less today than we did in our forgotten past on the matter. The world is full of proof of magic still, you need only look with curious eyes and an open mind.
    Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    16/01/2017 #1 Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    "There have been times when I've been in a complete and utter panic over what was not materialising."~ Man, have you ever nailed me to a T.
  17. ProducerRoyce Shook

    Royce Shook

    11/01/2017
    Try this:
    Try this:Treat everyone you meet as if you know it will be their last day on earth, and the last time you will see them, --even if they do not know this themselves. The above is a variation on the Golden Rule and I thought it was an interesting variation....
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    Royce Shook

    10/01/2017
    Changes in Lattitude, Changes in Attitude
    Changes in Lattitude, Changes in AttitudeMy thanks to Ronni over at “As Time goes buy” for this idea. Maybe we all think about how we have changed as we age. Jung and others believe that we go through a process of renewal as we face ageing, and I agree with that idea. As we age, our...
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    Royce Shook

    02/01/2017
    Bucket List
    Bucket ListI went to the Mission Raceway to watch my nephew and my brother in law race.  My nephew Shane had bought a racing car and was using the opportunity given by Mission Raceway for people to race their cars on Friday nights to practice. My brother in...
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    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    02/01/2017 #1 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    Life's too short not to appreciate new beginnings and the wonderment of the world. I don't like to use the term bucket list - I call it a "must do" list. I have a few things on my "must do" list, one being to own a condo/cabin in Blue Ridge, Ga. Step by step, inch by inch.
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    Royce Shook

    15/12/2016
     A Personalise Watch makes a unique Christmas gift idea
    A Personalise Watch makes a unique Christmas gift ideaAs we move closer to Christmas, people begin to panic and think about how they can find the perfect gift. For unique Christmas gift ideas, consider personalising your gift. Personalised photo gifts offer you the ultimate opportunity to create cool...
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    Royce Shook

    15/12/2016
    Just say Hi
    Just say HiI go for a walk every day along the banks of the Fraser and the Pitt River, and this is my view as I walk. I have a weekly routine as I walk. On the first day I walk for 6 km, the next I walk 9 km and then I walk 11 km and go back to the 6 km walk....
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    Julie Hickman
    15/12/2016 #1 Julie Hickman
    This phenomenon always baffles me and I refuse to believe people choose to be rude. Are people that distrustful to believe everyone they don't know is out to do them harm? I will continue to smile and always be on the lookout for friendly faces.
  22. ProducerRoyce Shook

    Royce Shook

    10/12/2016
    Forgotten pleasures
    Forgotten pleasuresOver the last sixteen years or so, I have embarked on  a summer golf journey with some of my friends. The core of the group has been doing the summer trip for 35 years, so I am a relative newcomer. I enjoy the time with the guys for a week of golf,...
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  23. ProducerKevin Pashuk

    Kevin Pashuk

    09/12/2016
    The Man in the Mirror
    The Man in the MirrorI was born in December. For a highly introspective raging introvert, that creates a double whammy, particularly as the number of birthdays climb. I am faced with evaluating both the year that just passed, and at the same time, the years of...
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    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    14/12/2016 #68 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    What a terrific pic that dear Kev! Best self-portrait I have ever seen. But I can see that the man be too scared to lookie in the mirror! ;) I love what I see in the mirror - good, bad or ugly. I think I am still in love with meee ;) Er...those last two lines are some lyrics I just wrote right here...may not really reflect my thoughts...or do they? My wish and hope for all is that though we must lose our bodies, we may not lose our minds. How we grow within, grow out of our pride and prejudices, our misconceptions and weaknesses, grow more cheerful and kind, is a thing of greater beauty than how the mirror shows we grow without - is what I believe. Having just turned 50, sharing my birthday with Bruce Lee ;), here's cheers to all Sagittarians, the pasts ...and the behinds! :)
    Kevin Pashuk
    13/12/2016 #67 Kevin Pashuk
    #66 I've known that for a long time @Graham🐝 Edwards... but as the Canadian icon Red Green says... "If the women can't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy!"
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    13/12/2016 #66 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #62 I hate to say it @Kevin Pashuk but your not that good looking.... nonetheless a great photo.
    Kevin Pashuk
    13/12/2016 #65 Kevin Pashuk
    #64 #60 Okay guys... now I'm blushing. Do you mind if I show this to my wife? :)
    Phil Friedman
    13/12/2016 #64 Phil Friedman
    #60 Graham, not to guild the lily, you are looking at the face of integrity -- believe me, I know. A person is often known by the company he or she keeps. And I am pleased to keep company, with Kevin Pashuk. (And no, Kevin, I am not asking you out!) Cheers!
    Kevin Pashuk
    13/12/2016 #63 Kevin Pashuk
    #61 You are right Harvey... we have that thing called 'experience' to draw from as we age.
    Kevin Pashuk
    13/12/2016 #62 Kevin Pashuk
    #60 If I didn't know better Graham, I would think you were asking me out...😀 I'm glad you saw the 'look' in my eyes as knowing... In reality it is the look of wishing I wasn't in a picture. I much prefer to be behind the lens. In this case, it was a selfie... so I was on both sides of the shot.
    Harvey Lloyd
    13/12/2016 #61 Harvey Lloyd
    Self Awareness at 50+ oh i meant 34.75+ is a different animal than when facing it at 25+. The spousal unit and i discuss your relevant concept all the time. We are proactively engaging our children and grandchildren. We have plans to work way past our retirement age. Not for money but rather engagement.

    This time of year with time off, the season and the surrounding of family it gets you to thinking about the year's goals and roles and were they really as important as you had them scaled.

    Have a merry Christmas and thanks for all your posts they are thought proving.

    ps. I stopped looking in the mirror more than once a day.
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    13/12/2016 #60 Graham🐝 Edwards
    @Kevin Pashuk this is one of the most impactful photographs I have ever seen in my humble life.... the reserved face of "knowing". The buzz was pretty good too btw lol. I know I have already read this but every time I see this knowing face in the "feed" I need to stop and look at the wisdom behind those eyes of yours!
    Kevin Pashuk
    13/12/2016 #59 Kevin Pashuk
    #58 You are very welcome Joel. SRV is on my list of great musicians.
    Joel Anderson
    13/12/2016 #58 Joel Anderson
    @Kevin Pashuk Thanks for a great post. As Stevie Ray Vaughan would say "Lookin' back in front of me, in the mirror's grin; Through eyes of love I see, I'm really lookin at a friend..." Thanks for a great introspective.
    Kevin Pashuk
    13/12/2016 #57 Kevin Pashuk
    #56 Thanks @John White, MBA... I was wondering why the notifications on my phone were buzzing so much. :)
    John White, MBA
    13/12/2016 #56 John White, MBA
    Kevin: Great job creating a ton of buzz with this post. We just tweeted it out on several beBee twitter accounts including @beBee. Check your Twitter notifications! ;)
    Gerald Hecht
    11/12/2016 #55 Gerald Hecht
    #52 @Kevin Pashuk Oh ...I'm sorry--I think I made an error in my comment! I was trying to say that the mirror (and certain other traditional other optical devices) DOES ADD TEN POUNDS; but that ...it's an optical ten pounds; it doesn't really result in the person looking in the mirror to gain weight! Heavens...if it was physiological; think about what trauma surgeons would be dealing with every time the circus came to town; Post House-of-mirrors Syndrome (PHS).
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    11/12/2016 #54 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #46 I'm sure it would be a good read @Kevin Pashuk! I'm not retired (far from being there) but I do work from home for my husband's business and sometimes I feel as though I've lost a bit of my own identity. I could see how that could happen to retirees. Some plan way ahead and work part time, travel part time etc... I think they fare better.
    Kevin Pashuk
    10/12/2016 #53 Kevin Pashuk
    #39 Thanks Debasish
    Kevin Pashuk
    10/12/2016 #52 Kevin Pashuk
    #37 You say the mirror doesn't add 10 pounds Gerald, but that's my story and I'm sticking to it...
    Kevin Pashuk
    10/12/2016 #51 Kevin Pashuk
    #35 Thanks for the kind words Sarah. May I wish you a great (early) birthday?
    Kevin Pashuk
    10/12/2016 #50 Kevin Pashuk
    #33 Thanks Don. Are you reminding me it's now my turn to buy when we meet at the Kerr Street Cafe?
    Kevin Pashuk
    10/12/2016 #49 Kevin Pashuk
    #32 Great insights Irene. 3rd Act. I may borrow that.
  24. ProducerRoyce Shook

    Royce Shook

    09/12/2016
    We make choices everyday
    We make choices everyday Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts. Develop the mind of equilibrium. You will always be getting praise and blame, but do not let either affect the poise of the mind: follow the calmness, the absence of pride. -...
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    David Navarro López
    09/12/2016 #1 Anonymous
    The attitude facing a bad health situation has a heavy impact on the recovering, in my opinion. I myself faced the same in my own flesh. Some time after that, i volunteered at the oncology dep of the hospital of my town, and I saw many different attitudes when facing bad health situations. It is something it still can not be scientifically explained, but most of the doctors I know agree that a positive attitude will decisively help. same way that a bad attitude can shorten dramatically the expectatives of surviving. Thank you for your post
  25. ProducerRoyce Shook

    Royce Shook

    07/12/2016
    Inspiring Athletes over 50
    Inspiring Athletes over 50I believe and when I present my workshops on Healthy Living I always find a way to bring up the idea that as we age, we need about 30 minutes of exercise a day to help us keep healthy. Exercise is good for us at any age, but it is more important as...
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    Royce Shook
    07/12/2016 #2 Royce Shook
    #1 Thanks, Gert, I enjoyed reading your post and congratulations for placing fifth in the long jump. My brother recently competed in a world game in Arizona. His sport is Tennis and he and his wife placed third in doubles, and he placed fifth in singles. I know the competition is very strong at this level and all of the athletes deserve to be very proud of their accomplishments.
    Gert Scholtz
    07/12/2016 #1 Gert Scholtz
    Excellent post Royce. Willie Gault is a legend in Masters Athletics. I myself compete - here is a post on my experience https://www.bebee.com/producer/@gert-scholtz/the-masters-at-perth
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