Heather just keeps walking
SHE is an unstoppable Australian and she’s now the 2019 NSW Senior Australian of the Year.
Heather Lee, OAM, 92, started walking regularly late in life – signing up for a series of fun runs in her late 70s – and discovered she was actually quite quick.
In 2011, at her physiotherapist’s suggestion, Heather (pictured) competed in the Australian Masters Games just before her 85th birthday and won four gold medals.
In 2012 Heather set a new Australian record for 5km race walking for her age group. Later that year, at the Australian Masters Track and Field Championships, she broke three Australian records; the 10km (84m 06.00s), the 1500m (11m 36.90s) and her own 5km (41m 25.40s). Heather holds eight Australian and five world records.
Heather has been a member of the Hawkesbury Cancer Support Group for many years and was the 2018 Cancer Council March Charge Ambassador. Remarkably, she is one of the few who walks the full 24 hours of the Hawkesbury Relay for Life
“I am the message,” Heather said.
“Independence is vital. Make wellness your goal with diet, lifestyle and exercise to nurture your body, mind and spirit. I never define myself by age.”