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'Golden Girls' impressing instructors at Bay St. George YMCA

These three seniors are enjoying their participation in different fitness classes at the Bay St. George YMCA in Stephenville, and considering their age, they impress instructors with their vitality. From left are Bernadette Benoit, 88, Lucy Tourout, 74, and Bridgette Rouzes, 86.
These three seniors are enjoying their participation in different fitness classes at the Bay St. George YMCA in Stephenville, and considering their age, they impress instructors with their vitality. From left are Bernadette Benoit, 88, Lucy Tourout, 74, and Bridgette Rouzes, 86. - Submitted

Lucy Tourout loves not only different exercise classes at the Bay St. George YMCA, but the socializing with others of all ages.

She has taken on bringing two other seniors to and from classes and despite their ages reaching 248 years combined, they are referred to as “real firecrackers.”

Tourout, 74, said she goes to different classes four times a week and those range from pound fit, stretching exercises, Zumba, step classes, walking and another which incorporates balls and sticks.

Her two friends, Benadette Benoit, 88, and Bridgette Rouzes, 86, also participate in those classes.

“There is so much to do at the YMCA you never get bored,” Tourout said. “All the instructors are beautiful, as are all the people who go there.”

As all three are single, the Y classes get them out of the house and before they know it, the morning is gone.

Her friends don’t have a car, so she does the driving, and they get to classes 95 per cent of the time, she said.

“Jackie (Nippard, step instructor) sometimes calls us the Golden Girls,” she said with pride of the affectionate designation.

Tourout said she would recommend the YMCA to anybody because the prices are reasonable, especially for seniors.

The retired schoolteacher from St. Stephen’s High said she sees a lot of people at the Y who she used to work with, and there are a lot of seniors who attend the classes.

“Where else can you go if you’re a senior in Stephenville? If you want to get out with nice people and be in a good environment, you get all of it,” she said.

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