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Rugby league champion Ron Coote.

Rugby league champion Ron Coote.

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RETIRED rugby league champion Ron Coote will be the special guest speaker at a healthy ageing forum at Souths Juniors, Kingsford in Sydney on October 24.

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RETIRED rugby league champion Ron Coote will be the special guest speaker at a healthy ageing forum at Souths Juniors, Kingsford in Sydney on October 24.

The 73-year-old played the game professionally for 15 years, captained Australia in a World Cup and played in nine first grade grand finals, but is new to speaking about healthy ageing.

Coote has long-standing ties to Souths Juniors, having played his first games in the Jersey Flegg competition for the club when he was 16.

“I thought how good is this? I think it (his time with the club) really solidified me in rugby league,” he said. “I owe Souths Juniors, so when I was asked to do it I said OK.”

Ron tries to train three to four times a week in a routine that involves weights and rowing machines. He also does regular sit-ups, push-ups and stretches and keeps his mind active by doing Sudoku puzzles and playing cards.

  • I’m Older, But Not Old, 10am-1pm, will cover topics including falls prevention, mindfulness, dealing with pain and memory fitness. Free, but spaces are limited so bookings are essential on 9382-3759, email APCforum@health.nsw.gov.au
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