Nelly praises oarsome cardiology team

A photo of a woman rowing with four medals and a trophy in front of it
Nelly’s winnings from the 2009 World Rowing Championships in Vienna
September 26, 2017

Despite having a transcatheter aortic valve implantation at Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH) in August, 92-year-old Nelly Brandsma shows no signs of slowing down.

Nelly was full of praise for the exceptional care that she received from Cardiologist Dr Gerald Yong and the FSH cardiology team during her outpatient’s appointment.

“Gerald and the team did an amazing job. The recovery was so quick and I’m now back to normal,” Nelly said.

Nelly is used to living an active lifestyle. Up until recently, Nelly would spend her mornings on the banks of the Swan River with her local rowing club.

From a young age rowing had always been an important part of Nelly’s life, despite getting off to a rough start.

“In my early years, being a female was a disadvantage. I went to the World Championships in Luzern in 1947 and the London Olympics in 1948 as a supporter because girls weren’t allowed to take part,” she said.

Her first chance to get involved in the sport was in 1975 when Nelly moved to Australia.

“I started rowing as a stroke with my daughter and her friends. I was fifty and they were in their twenties but I still managed to keep up,” said Nelly, as she reminisced about her earlier years before she became a world champion rower.

While she has retired, the sport still remains close to her heart.

“Rowing has offered me the opportunity to travel and meet new people. Above all it has provided hours of revitalising pleasure and satisfaction.”