Active lifestyle will help ‘Gyp’ celebrate club centenary

The phrase “it is not the years in your life but the life in your years” resonates with Don Greenville.

As the oldest member of North Cottesloe Surf Life Saving Club, the 95 year old says staying active is the key to happiness.

“You have got to do things — it’s no good sitting around at home,” he said.

Mr Greenville, who everyone calls “Gyp” for his family’s Egyptian heritage, spends at least four mornings a week in the gym and travels regularly.

“I just got back from Fiji and soon I am going to Portugal to walk part of the Camino track,” he said. “I have always like training since I was 16 and I have never stopped.”

In 1939 at 16 years of age Mr Greenville joined North Cottesloe SLSC, to compliment his football training with Nedlands under-19s.

The surf club fast became a dominant part of his life and he reflected fondly on long summers spent on the beach, not far from his childhood home in Nedlands.

A renowned sprinter, at 90 Mr Greenville won the 100m sprint at the 2013 World Masters Games and achieved a record for his age group. He is gearing up for North Cottesloe SLSC’s centenary this year and will celebrate with some of the club’s 2030 members.

One of the club’s youngest members Allegra Carbone, 6, will join in the centenary festivities in October.

Allegra, of Claremont, followed in her mother Kate Carbone’s footsteps, who also joined the club as a nipper.

“I joined because I like swimming and I like surfing,” Allegra said.

North Cottesloe SLSC centenary committee chair Kelly Moss said the club was looking for past members to share the milestone.

“We are trying to reconnect with people who haven’t been in touch with the club for a while,” she said.

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