An accomplished, well travelled writer and reviewer, Michele resides in Brisbane. Witty and highly articulate, her rivetting reviews show life through the eyes of a highly Gifted Adult viewing a world where she has an IQ in the top 1% of that world.
Published April 13th 2012
GOLD is another Brisbane Council initiative which for some unfair, unexplained reason is vastly superior to and far more life threatening than the RAW program for younger women. Is that age discrimination or do younger women have lives already?
When I took a look I was expecting 'making home made pikelets and home made jam' and 'wheelie walker waltzing' I couldn't be more wrong. They have it all. They really dare devil risk takers. Granted, there was the 'reducing falls', 'better balance' and bowel health sector, along with the deadly, 'low salt cooking' class but thereafter, the packed program became boot camp, funky or groovy. Also those balance classes are foundational.
These GOLDSs have 'fitness circuits, abseilling, rock climbing and martial arts'. Try snatching the handbag off one of these fitness fiends with a perm. They are 'dragon boating', using bows and arrows and even shooting. What was that about us caring for the ageing population? These movers and shakers are deadly. They even undertake a Bear Grylls type 'edible flowers' course which would be life saving if you run out of food or get confused whilst in your garden and forget the way to your back door. The skills to survive for days are there.
Not only are they playing guitar and probably writing hits for bands (remember they were young and smooth in an era when there was some great music, free love and LSD), they are also laying into drum kits. They are entitled to their boot skooting 'line dancing', but they have not drawn the geriatric line there. They are doing 'pilates', going for it with 'Rock and Roll', getting hip with 'African drumming and 'dance' and erotic and sensual with 'belly dancing'.
For those whose legs are not what they used to be, there's 'chair dancing' classes where they get to sit down and listen to Thrash Metal while their arms go wild as they are head banging and playing air guitar. These activities cost about $5.
I am astonished. This can't be your average Mr and Mrs Smith or Jones. Surely, these are former olympic gold medalists and ex members of The French Foreign Legion, the US Navy Seals and the SAS winding down.
I can't recommend this program highly enough for those with spirit and calibre and energy. Go for it and as the SAS say, "Who Dares Wins".