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Making a splash: Centenarian runs for office in German town

Updated : April 13, 2019 04:57 PM IST

For most people, reaching 100 would be reason enough to put one's feet up and take things easy, but Lisel Heise has other ideas. The German centenarian, a former sports teacher, has started a new chapter in her life by running for election to the council in her home town of Kirchheimbolanden.

Lisel Heise, a 100-year-old former teacher, looks through a book with photographs of former US President Barack Obama as she meets journalists in the living room of her house in Kirchheimbolanden, Germany. (REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach/Files)
Lisel Heise, a 100-year-old former teacher, looks through a book with photographs of former US President Barack Obama as she meets journalists in the living room of her house in Kirchheimbolanden, Germany. (REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach/Files)
Lisel Heise, a 100-year-old former teacher, greets a teenager as she walks through Kirchheimbolanden, Germany. (REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach/Files)
Lisel Heise, a 100-year-old former teacher, greets a teenager as she walks through Kirchheimbolanden, Germany. (REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach/Files)
Lisel Heise (R), a 100-year-old former teacher, greets a friend as she walks through Kirchheimbolanden. (REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach/Files)
Lisel Heise (R), a 100-year-old former teacher, greets a friend as she walks through Kirchheimbolanden. (REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach/Files)
A TV crew films Lisel Heise, a 100-year-old former teacher, walking through Kirchheimbolanden. (REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach/Files)
A TV crew films Lisel Heise, a 100-year-old former teacher, walking through Kirchheimbolanden. (REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach/Files)
Lisel Heise, a 100-year-old former teacher, holds a book about former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt. (REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach/Files)
Lisel Heise, a 100-year-old former teacher, holds a book about former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt. (REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach/Files)
Lisel Heise sits on a stone bench from 1921 and flashes victory signs in front of the town hall in Kirchheimbolanden, Germany. (REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach/Files)
Lisel Heise sits on a stone bench from 1921 and flashes victory signs in front of the town hall in Kirchheimbolanden, Germany. (REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach/Files)
Lisel Heise, a 100-year-old former teacher, answers a reporter's questions in front of the townhall in Kirchheimbolanden. (REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach/Files)
Lisel Heise, a 100-year-old former teacher, answers a reporter's questions in front of the townhall in Kirchheimbolanden. (REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach/Files)
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