Meet Marcia

Marcia’s back on track.

HealthCare New Zealand recently helped Marcia Petley get back on the running track after a few minor setbacks.

Marcia, who is 89 years old, has represented New Zealand in running at international Masters events, including the World Masters Games.

However, a few recent accidents resulted in minor injuries that required wound care and rehabilitation.

“I’ve never had such a good nurse in all my whole life. It is so good to get nice people when you’re being treated for something,” Marcia says.

Marcia is now back on track, literally, having recently won four medals at the Oceania Masters Games.

“I was always a keen runner, right from little at school. I just loved sport,” she says.

“We were a running house. My children were all sporty and all good runners. My daughter still runs in Australia, for New Zealand mind you, she wouldn’t dare change that. But she still runs and she’s 58.”

Marcia has won many medals for New Zealand over the years, competing in events in Europe, South America, South Africa, Australia and the United States.

She competes in the 100 and 200 metre races, as well as the weights and hammer throws.

“I got injured about 12 years ago and I said, ‘well, I’m not going over there to watch everyone competing’, so I took up the hammer and I won it!”

“I quite like the hammer and the weights throw but I am finding it hard to get to training at the moment. I’m getting to the stage at 89, where I don’t like getting old. But the nurse has signed me off, as all my wounds have healed,” she says.

Marcia is now back on track, competing and working in her part-time job.

“I’ve already told all my friends at running club what a good nurse I had. And I will keep on saying it because she’s been absolutely fantastic. She’s got all the skills. Everything I’ve asked her she’s always had an answer for,” Marcia says.

“I’ll certainly continue to put the good word around about HealthCare New Zealand.”

Thanks Marcia, and all the best with your next event – you’re an inspiration!


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