7. September 2023
Halle/Sa., GER

* Johanna Quaas (97 y.)-: "During my last visit 3 weeks ago to Freyburg, the city of the German "Father of Gymnastics" Friedrich Ludwig Jahn, for the 99th Jahnturnfest in August 2023, I met the organizers of the 1st Senior Women's International Meet Germany vs. Japan. (< Photo, left).
This is to take place on October 6 in Einbeck, Lower Saxony / GER. In the meantime, teams from the USA and Great Britain have also registered for this and our German men are even already doing their rematch against Japan, because their international match premiere already took place in Tokyo in 2022.

20. November 2022
Halle, Sa./GER

For the 97th birthday of the world's oldest gymnast, Halle's "Kaffeehaus Wittekind" was quite well attended today! An impressive double-digit number of well-wishers celebrated Germany's best-known gymnastics grandma Johanna QUAAS. "My relatives were there, my wives from the sauna group and a whole lot of gymnasts from my club Post Halle," said the agile lady, "... and the atmosphere was just great!"
Hannchen Quaas still goes to age-appropriate exercise training at least once a week, but her daily bed exercises in the morning followed by her little fitness programme in the fresh air on her balcony are part of her fixed life rituals - just as she was used to all her life, even if the spectacular gymnastic exercises are now history. She has long since recovered from her fracture of the neck of the femur, which occurred on Whit Sunday 2021, and has already been out and about again on her bicycle in suitable weather. Now I would like to greet all participants of the 60th "BLUME-Festival" on Gran Canaria, where I have already taken part several times, and I wish you beautiful days.
For next year, I'm even talking about a trip to the USA, where the opening of a gymnastics museum dedicated to the German gymnastics father Friedrich Ludwig Jahn is imminent. "I am still able to travel, that would be a great thing," says the still fun-loving senior.

26. October 2022
Osterburg, GER

Often asked whether the German gymnast from Chemnitz Lea Marie QUAAS, who is now in Liverpool as a seventeen-year-old her debut at the World Championships said gymnastics senior Johanna QUAAS (97): "... I am often asked, but no, she is not a granddaughter of mine, or otherwise not related, but of course I wish Lea a good international performance at the World Championships and keep my fingers crossed for her just as firmly as for our Hallens boys, Lukas Dauser and Nils Dunkel, even if they will have a hard time this year in the German team, which is weakened in terms of replacements ...!"
Shortly before her 97th birthday, the world's oldest competitive gymnast has just returned from a visit to the training camp of the Saxony-Anhalt Sports Federation, where she was not only a passive guest of honor at the Osterburg Sports School: When Hannchen gets a whiff of the gymnasium air, she is still unstoppable ...:

17. August 2022
Halle, Sa./GER

Germany's 96 years old senior gymnast Johanna QUAAS was overjoyed about the success of the two golden girls to the European Championships in Munich:
"What this Elisabeth Seitz has done for a big and long gymnastics career is unique, now even crowned with gold, is incredible! My warmest congratulations! I also know what hard work it is to stay on the apparatus for so long! And the fact that an 18-year-old is also top shows which development impulses this Emma Malewski has received in the Chemnitz gymnastics school. As a former coach, I know how long-term such development work must be done! Especially we age group gymnasts appreciate this, because all of us have been staying on the apparatus for decades, for the sake of health and performance.

16. May 2022
Markkleeberg, GER

"It was a great idea that the gymnastics friends from my hometown Halle (Saxonia-Anhalt) picked me up and took me to Markkleeberg (near Leipzig) by car! So I could  I met a lot of good old acquaintances there again, because from the first German National Senior Championships in 2000 on I was actively involved myself and was even able to win 11-tim in a row in my age group. But now, at the age of 96, I don't do any official gymnastics competitions anymore, but I meet old gymnast friends, ... it really lifts my spirits! Gymnastics is not just a sport, it is a special philosophy of life, it was and is simply my life"!
* ... look at ►► 22nd German Championships for Seniors

20. November 2021
Halle/Sa., GER

"For my birthday I thought I would catch up on the unusual party from the previous year this time! Some of them asked me after receiving my invitation: Hannchen, won't you be 96? But you are inviting you to your 95th birthday on your card this year.. .? No, I didn't make a mistake - I'll just make up for my 95th from the previous year. That also fits in with my general living conditions: I still feel younger than the numbers say, so 'I answered them! Even if the risk of a pandemic is still not averted, I hope that all of my birthday guests are vaccinated or convalescent or controlled, but I have great understanding if some do not come to my little celebration. We older people belong especially to the so-called 'risk group'. But I would like to thank everyone, especially my long-time gymnastics friends, who sent me greetings for my birthday, special thanks to Nadia Comaneci and her husband Bart Conner in USA!

27. May 2021

Diagnosis: Femoral neck fracture!
Abrupt change from bicycle to rollator!

"Yes, it can go that fast! I had visited my relatives and friends at our Whitsun in my hometown of Hohenmoelsen in Saxonia-Anhalt, had brought my bike with me and the beautiful weather made me go on a trip to the "Moon Lake" others stay behind me ... so I made a bold curve in the meadow and - then it had already happened: Fall, pain, I couldn't get up on my own, and before I knew it, I had been sent to the hospital. But now, after a few days, I'm actually pretty well again. I can already walk the first short distances that are necessary. So: At the moment nothing with a bike, rollator, that's the name of the thing and I already use it to turn around in the hospital room. Now I will try not to go home in the first place, but to make a fixed rehab appointment in order to get back on my feet as properly as possible!"