Heather just keeps walk­ing

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - LIFE l OLDER AND WISER -

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.”


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