Moya Mateer is presented with a certificate of appreciation for teaching Tai Chi by Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell.
Moya Mateer is presented with a certificate of appreciation for teaching Tai Chi by Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell. Contributed

Mayor thanks 87 year old for teaching tai chi

AT 87, MOYA Mateer likes to keep fit and active, and likes to help others keep fit and active as well.

Every weekday morning Moya heads to Scarness Park on the Hervey Bay foreshore to teach tai chi.

She's been going since 1989.

"I had just retired to Hervey Bay and was looking for something to do when I heard that a tai chi group was going to start and went along to find out more," she said.

"That was 25 years ago and I've been learning ever since."

In the intervening years she has continued to learn, including visiting China and joining a school in Melbourne from which her daughter has a tai chi Master's Certificate.

While the pair had not talked about Tai Chi and started lessons within days of each other: one in Hervey Bay and one in Melbourne.

"It was amazing that we'd both been started so close together," she said.

While the foreshore lessons have been a great hit with up to 35 people attending a class, Moya has also started weekly Tai Chi classes at the Torbay Retirement Village and Master Lodge.

To recognise her 25 year contribution, and celebrate her birthday, her friends organised a small celebration at the Bayswater in Urangan where Moya was presented with certificate of appreciation and a figurine in a tai chi pose.
 



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