At age 60 Alexander Beernink made the remarkable decision to take up gymnastics.
Thirteen year later he competed in the fiinal day of the 16th Australian Masters Games in Burnie.
“Well it’s a long story why I took up gymnastics," the South Australian said.
"My father was a gymnast and he took me to his club with about 500 members in Rotterdam in the Netherlands and I wasn’t even three years old,” the South Australian said.
“I was there for a month and that is it – I’ve always been interested and all of a sudden at 60 I decided if I don’t do something about it now it will be too late."
Beernink added: “I will have to see how we go today, I’ve only done the rings so far and I think I’m happy with how I did there."
It was Beernink’s seventh Australian Masters Games appearance in a row and he is looking forward to signing up for many more competitions as he continues to work on his strength back home.
“I love it yeah,” he continued.
“No, I don’t have a club, I went to one for a year and a half in South Australia, but now I am training at home for the last seven and a half years.
“This is my 14th competition overall and the Masters is a great thing, I really enjoy it.
“The camaraderie and meeting people I’ve met before in competitions and new ones that come along.”