June 25, 2014 2:51 pm
Updated: June 25, 2014 9:25 pm

95-year-old Vancouver track and field star passes away

Canada's Olga Kotelko competes in the shot put competition during the World Masters Games in Sydney on October 11, 2009.

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Vancouver-based athlete and fitness inspiration to people all over the world, Olga Kotelko, has died at the age of 95.

Kotelko died of a brain hemorrhage over the weekend.

She held 26 world records and earned hundreds of medals since taking up track and field at the age of 77, after retiring as a school teacher.

Kotelko was born in Vonda, Saskatchewan, northeast of Saskatoon and was the seventh child out of 11.

She credited her active lifestyle with growing up on a farm, where she was always moving.

Kotelko carried the Olympic torch as part of the relay for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games. She is survived by her daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren.

Watch the video below: Olga Kotelko joined Global BC in January 2014 to share her secrets to living a longer, healthier life

— with files from the Canadian Press



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