With a growing understanding that long-term health is helped along by regular physical activity for all age groups, older people are turning back to sporting clubs.
At the Newcastle Netball Association, you're never too old to love the game.
At its popular Walking Netball games of a Monday morning at the Lambton courts, you see women across a wide age range taking part.
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Some may have sustained an injury, others left the game a long time ago when life just became too busy. Others have previously never held a netball.
Whatever their reason for getting back into it, club vice president and Life Member Ellen Monaghan said they all have a great time.
"It's very informal, very social and there's always lots of laughs," she said.
"It's good for everyone's fitness and there's lots of chatting, it's a very good social outing."
The program began after a Netball NSW pilot program in 2018, and it then spread by word of mouth.
It is not the only club to have embraced the idea that a love of sport should not be constrained by age or injury.
For older age groups, going back to a game they loved is becoming easier.
Some rugby league clubs now offer league tag variations for women and men, while some masters or "golden oldies" rugby union competitions have adopted a system of colour-coded shorts to indicate who can be tackled, or hit with bodily contact, and who can not.
For many who love the game, but have suffered injuries that would prevent them from taking part in a conventional match, it is a way to continue their passion well past the point of a customary retirement age.
Gone are the days when people's active lives ended at 35, when the sporting field gave way to the deck chair on the sidelines to watch the kids play.
It is now well documented that staying fit and active throughout life is vitally important to the maintenance of bone density and muscle mass.
It is an important link which is reinforced by Osteoporosis Australia.
It states that weight bearing exercise and progressive resistance training are important for improving brain strength. Resistance training includes lifting weights or using gym equipment, while weight bearing exercise is anything that asks you to bear your own weight, including brisk walking, jogging, tennis, dancing, netball or football.
So make sure you check out a club near you. They may be training just around the corner...