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Germany: Nothing wrong with the balance as OAPs take to the bars01:11

Germany: Nothing wrong with the balance as OAPs take to the bars

Germany, Mannheim
May 24, 2013 at 15:08 GMT +00:00 · Published

Germany: Nothing wrong with the balance as OAPs take to the bars

More than 80,000 people took part in the German 'Turn-Fest' in Mannheim on Friday, the world's largest 'sports-for-all' competition. Among the stars of the festival was a group of elderly participants showing their skills on the gymnastics bars. The 'Turn-Fest' takes place in conjunction with the 2013 German Gymnastics Champions running from May 18 to 25.

Despite their old age the gymnasts are in great shape. Johanna Quass, an 88-year-old sportswoman complains that most people of her age do not exercise enough: "Elderly people are often too inactive. They find it more convenient to have a coffee and cake while sitting on their sofa. This is not healthy at all." Quass started doing sports when she was a child, but the second world war and motherhood prevented her from continuing. At the age of 56 she decided to start practising gymnastics again.

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Germany: Nothing wrong with the balance as OAPs take to the bars

More than 80,000 people took part in the German 'Turn-Fest' in Mannheim on Friday, the world's largest 'sports-for-all' competition. Among the stars of the festival was a group of elderly participants showing their skills on the gymnastics bars. The 'Turn-Fest' takes place in conjunction with the 2013 German Gymnastics Champions running from May 18 to 25.

Despite their old age the gymnasts are in great shape. Johanna Quass, an 88-year-old sportswoman complains that most people of her age do not exercise enough: "Elderly people are often too inactive. They find it more convenient to have a coffee and cake while sitting on their sofa. This is not healthy at all." Quass started doing sports when she was a child, but the second world war and motherhood prevented her from continuing. At the age of 56 she decided to start practising gymnastics again.