Ruth was an inspiration and friend to many.
WMA President Stan Perkins reports
that Ruth Frith
, a fellow Aussie who competed as a W100 at the Sydney World Masters Games, has died at age 104. Ruth was a thrower with a tart tongue. In 2009, The Australian profiled her
as “Golden girl Ruth Frith, 100, master of shot-put universe.” She holds nine
outdoor world-age groups records, starting at W85. She famously declared: “Don’t eat vegetables, because I never eat vegetables. I know people that like diets that will scream at me, (but) don’t eat vegetables. I never have.” One commenter on the Perkins post said: “Won’t ever forget her at Perth 2010, at over 100 years of age, wandering around with her own personal film crew and insisting on pulling her trolley of throwing equipment all by herself. A real role model.” Cause of death has not been disclosed. More details will emerge in coming days. We’ll miss you, Ruth.
Here’s all I know at the moment. Stan’s FB post Saturday:
Sad to learn that yesterday the oldest Masters Athlete in Australia, Ruth Frith, passed away. Ruth was 104 and held many world records during her lifetime in her beloved throws events. She was a woman who had devoted most of her life to the sport of athletics with many years of administration that turned into participation later in her life. We will miss her ‘tell it as it is’ attitude to life. God bless her and thanks for giving her the love of the sport of athletics.