Olympian Tessa Sanderson opens up about becoming a mum to adopted baby twins at the age of 57

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  • Olympic gold medallist Tessa Sanderson has opened up about her experience of becoming a mother at the age of 57 to three month old adopted twins.

    The record-breaking javelin thrower, who is now 63, appeared on ITV’s Loose Women today to discuss life as a mum to six-year-old Cassius and Rubie Mae.

    ‘Ohh, they are just amazing. I adopted them, I’ve had them for seven years since they were three months old. They’re my husband and I’s world,’ Tessa told Saira Khan, Nadia Sawalha, Kay Adams and Carol McGiffin.

    Detailing the little one’s personalities, she continued: ‘They’re cheeky, my little girl’s a diva and my little boy can name you any planet under the sun, more than I can! They are just super.’

    Tessa and her husband Densign White adopted Cassius and Rubie Mae after they were born eight weeks premature.

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    Detailing the hard times within the adoption process, she continued on Loose Women: ‘I found it quite a hard journey but it’s not something that I couldn’t overcome. I would never have regretted it.

    ‘You have to go through an 8 week process and you go in and sit down and they talk to you about it.’

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    ‘I had to change my home, fitted things to adapt for children, but I found it really interesting.’
    Explaining the impact that the children have had on her life, the sports star went on: ‘I thought I knew so much about children because all my sisters have had children, my brother’s had children.

    ‘It taught me so much, about being more patient, knowing about children, how they’d have to settle in school.’