Nelson Leader : December 12th 2013
12 THE NELSON LEADER, DECEMBER 12, 2013 NEWS Norm still in the swim at 100 I By SALLY KIDSON f you could bottle the secret to Norm Pritchard’s long life, it would probably be a good seller. The Whareama resident celebrated his 100th birthday last week, sharing cake with friends, family and other Whareama residents. Norm was really looking for- ward to his milestone birthday and had a calendar on the wall at Whareama marking down the days. He received cards marking his 100 years from the Queen, Prime Minister John Key and Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae. Norm has led a fit and active life. He served in New Guinea in World War II. In his younger days he was a keen surfer and golfer. He only stopped playing bowls a year ago and still swims every week at Ngawhatu Pool. His granddaughter Mindy Allan, who works at Whareama says Norm likes to swim underwater. He swims as much of a width as he can, giving his caregiver beside him some heart-stopping moments. Norm has four daughters and followed them to Nelson in the early 1970s from Australia. His wife Kath died 40 years ago. A former bus driver Norm retired when he was 50. His daughters are not sure what the secret to his long life is. It could be that he has four girls to look after him. His daughters say he has kept in good health, has never drunk and never smoked. His eyesight and hearing are not perfect but Norm’s good humour was evident when The Leader visited him on his birthday last week. One of his daughters Gail Fraine had come from Australia for the celebrations. Norm also has eight grandchildren and 10 greatgrandchildren. Birthday boy: Marilyn Allan, Norm Pritchard who turned 100 last week, Robyn Pond, Alan Fraine, Gail Fraine, Jenny Beckers and Greg Fraine. Photo: SALLY KIDSON He swims as much of a width as he can, giving his caregiver beside him some heart-stopping moments. Loving it: Norm Pritchard, who recently turned 100, enjoys a weekly swim.
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