Young by name and by nature, Beryl's not slowing down
SHE might be 92 but as Beryl Young's name suggests, she's only that age according to her birth certificate - not her health.
The spritely Fraser Shores resident said taking part in sports at an early age and carrying on with her lifelong love of bowls has helped to keep her in shape - and out of trouble.
"I've always played bowls," Beryl said.
"I've been everything: A chef and upholsterer... but bowls is my life."
Before moving to Hervey Bay in 1999, Beryl played competitive bowls at the Musgrave Bowls Club on the Gold Coast, for about 27 years.
From 1975, she won the 84, 85, 86 Pennant Flags, B grade singles, championship singles, pairs, triples and fours many times.
And she has plenty of trophies to prove it.
"Our team used to go everywhere and do everything and they'd all say, 'Oh no, look who's coming'," she laughed.
"That's the sort of fun I've always had with bowls."
Now, with no hesitation getting behind the wheel of her Ford Festiva, Beryl drives to the Hervey Bay Bowls Club every Thursday and Sunday.
She still gives fellow members a run for their money in the Wide Bay division.
"If there's anything I want to do, I do it," she said.
"I've still got another five years of driving yet.
"When the day comes that I feel I can't, I won't drive anymore."
Beryl has dealt with some hardships in her life, after losing her husband about 50 years ago.
She also lost one of her seven children in Vietnam, at the age of 21.
Her eldest child is now 70 and the youngest is 52.
But with a more-than-positive outlook on life, she said it was important to make the most of every day.
"My boys say I should calm down but I haven't calmed down yet!
"There are things at home that want to be upholstered and I'll just tell the boys to take the screws out and I'll do the rest.
"Just go ahead and enjoy yourself, that's all you have to do. I haven't gone down yet."
Fellow Hervey Bay Bowls Club member Christine Spirritt said from the moment she joined, Beryl took new bowlers under her wing and was an active member of the club.
She said this included taking on the role of lady president from 2008-2009.
"She soon became our darling," Christine said.
"Beryl has always baked the fruit cake and decorated it for the outgoing lady president, since she has been a member. We give her many thanks for her services to the club."
Beryl said she didn't see herself giving up bowls (or driving) any time soon.