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Active Georgie hits 100

Active Georgie hits 100

At 100 years of age and still living independently in her own home at the RAAFA's Merriwa Estate, Georgie Higginbotham has a tip or two for the rest of us aiming to reach our first 'century not out'.

On 9 February, Georgie celebrated her milestone 100th birthday with a special party for family and friends at her home on the Estate.

Georgie embodies the active aging lifestyle message, crediting her daily cycles on her stationary bicycle at home to helping her keep fit and healthy as she enters her 101st year.

"Anytime I go anywhere people are always surprised about my age. They ask me 'what's the secret?' But I don't really think there's a secret. I've just been active all my life. I have a young mind, maybe that's it."

Born and raised in Ireland - her father worked as a riveter on the Titanic in Belfast as a teenager - Georgie moved to Australia in 1951, where she and her family originally settled in the Blue Mountains.

Georgie loved ballroom dancing, Irish dancing, table tennis and even women's football in her younger years - and has remained very active in the RAAFA community since moving to Merriwa 12 years ago, enjoying regular games of bowls with Merriwa's avid group of indoor bowlers.

She has four daughters, one of whom also lives on the Estate, as well as eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Merriwa Estate Manager Karen Huyton congratulated Georgie on reaching her centenary birthday.

"Georgie is an absolute dynamo in our community at RAAFA" she said.

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