At 99, George joins the Comm Games squad

Dr George Corones (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery '44) who will turn 100 during the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony, has just been added to the Australian team for the upcoming Games as an honourary member.

The announcement comes after Dr Corones smashed the long-course 50m freestyle word record during the Commonwealth Games trials held on the Gold Coast in early March.

He took up swimming at the age of 80 and heading into the trials was hoping to eclipse the magical minute-mark for the event.

“I’d be surprised if I can’t break the minute. I’m aiming to swim 58 (seconds),” he said.

He touched the wall in 56-seconds, and took just two-and-a-half minutes to swim the 100m — breaking both records for his 100 to 104 age group.

With new found fame thanks to a viral video of his record-breaking swim, George had some simple advice to staying fit.

“Move around, move and don't slow down as you get older. If you sit you die. Do what you did yesterday, today and every day after."

Corones was announced as an honorary member of the Australian team that contains a total of 473 athletes and will have access to the athletes village and events as a part of the squad.


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