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5th December: Charles rowed on the Thames with former British international oarswoman Pauline Rayner in celebration of Thames Rowing Club's 150th anniversary and was featured on the ITN news in the UK.
He was also photographed by the Sun (the UK's largest circulation daily paper) rowing with one of Thames RC's youngest members, Thomas Simmonds-Gooding.
4th December: Charles was the guest of honor at Thames RC's 150th anniversary dinner, where his after-dinner account of the 1939 race between Thames and Cologne in 1939 received a standing ovation.
28th November: Charles won the Swiss Strenflex Championships. The number of points he scored for each of the various championships involving 10 decathlon fitness tests has consistently increased since 12 months ago. Charles said: “My body even at 90 is still improving! This is revolutionary!”
5th November 2009: Charles was honored in an impressive ceremony by the Terz-Stiftung (an important Swiss old-age organization) as a “Citizen Ambassador”.
30th October 2009: At the World Fitness & Wellness Forum, Zurich, Charles gave a talk entitled: “How to Remain Fit in Body and Mind and Contribute to Society in Old Age”.
5th October 2009: Charles appeared on Tele Top TV, Switzerland, where he took part in a panel discussion about aging.
2nd October 2009: Charles appeared on AlpenParlament.tv, a Swiss TV station, to discuss Strenflex training.
3rd – 6th September 2009: Charles took part in the (FISA) World Masters Regatta in Vienna and, at the age of 90, was the oldest competitor in the history of the event. In recognition of being the first nonagenarian ever to compete, FISA, the organizers, presented Charles with an enormous gold-plated trophy.
The Ancient Order of the Oar, a US organization that organizes the world's octogenarian oarsmen, also commended Charles' achievement by presenting him with a special plaque.
Charles maintained his record of Gold medals at every Masters event for the last 13 years, with success in the eight and a second place in the quad.
6th June 2009: Charles won the Van Der Merwe Cup, an international fitness decathlon in Basel, Switzerland. The competition consisted of the following exercises: Bench press, Squats, Clean and press, Dips, Chin-ups, Push-ups, Abdominal crunches, Endurance (as many kilometres as possible on a Concept 2 Rowing machine in 5 min), Interval course (5-7 meter dashes between one-legged sit-ups, jumping jacks, push-ups and straight jumps) and Flexibility (stand and reach, leg splits, shoulder joint). Scoring was based on a points system with points awarded for the number of repetitions and correct execution. Charles scored the highest number of points of anyone in any age group.
23rd – 26th April 2009: Charles appeared at FIBO 2009, the leading international trade show for fitness, wellness and health in Essen, Germany. There he topped the organiser's list of Stars and Celebrities present at the show.
9th March 2009: Charles was featured on the health programme Puls on Swiss TV.