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Weia Reinbound – Ageless joy of competition

by Don


Weia Jumping From Left and Right Legs

Weia Jumping From Left and Right Legs

Weia Reinbound is a 59 year old high jumper and javelin thrower who lives in the Netherlands. Weia was an 800 meter runner in her youth, and took a twenty year hiatus from sports before taking up the high jump. At age 45 she was in a sort of mid-life crisis, and was watching the European track and field championships on television, when she noticed all the lean, long, and slender athletes. Weia thought that maybe she would just try sports again, so she did, and got hooked. Not even being aware of the master’s athletics movement, Weia didn’t expect much in terms of accomplishments. She was surprised when in her first year, she had equaled the Dutch national record in the high jump. Within five years she had set the world high jump record. Weia has also achieved success in the heptathlon as well as the double heptathlon, where she still owns the world record.

Weia loves to learn new things and has studied sociology, philosophy, physics, graphic design, and nature photogtaphy. At age 55 she began learning to throw the javelin, and hopes to break the world records in both the high jump and the javelin, when she crosses into the 60+ age group next year.

Weia shared with me how she has managed to achieve her success, as well as keep her enthusiasm for continuing to improve and learn new events. Keep an eye out for my interview with her in my upcoming book.


If you are an athlete 50 or over and interested in being interviewed, please email me at

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