State Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle has today congratulated the Sunshine Coast Australian Pensions and Superannuants League on 20 successful years of organising the hugely popular Seniors Fun Walk, which took place over the weekend.
It comes as more than 400 people gathered early Sunday morning to take part in the annual Senior’s Week festivities organised by the group which included a picturesque 4km walk between Oaks Oasis Resort and the Caloundra Powerboat Club in Golden Beach.
“The APSL annual fun walk is about so much more than a morning stroll. It aims to promote physical activity and a positive outlook on aging, and it does so while also bringing people in our local community together,” Mr McArdle said.
“I commend the entire team for their hard work in putting this event together year after year and for always creating such a welcoming environment.
“In particular, congratulations to the organising committee which includes Frank Gower, May Shaw, Terry and Hellie Strath, Don Gilbert and Carole Stolk.”
APSL Sunshine Coast President Frank Gower said the event came from humble beginnings but it did not take long for it to grow into the bustling morning it is today.
“Our sole desire was to create an event that proves age is an attitude not a liability. We also wanted to get people out of the house and connected with their community,” Mr Gower said.
“We first held a Seniors Olympics in 2000 with a small turn out but we knew we were on the right track. We realised that the Coast didn’t have a fun walk for over 50s so that is what we put on the following year and we haven’t looked back.
“In the early years we averaged 200 attendees but it wasn’t long before we started to see an average of 400 people every year.
“Today, we have a 4km fun walk which culminates with a BBQ, trophy presentations and a forum to promote services and activities relevant to seniors and their families.
“It has been a fantastic 20 years. Thanks to everyone who helps make it possible including the Oaks Oasis Resort and the Caloundra Power Boat Club, Mark McArdle MP for sponsoring and presenting the trophies each year, the SES volunteers, Resolve Fitness and all the local Caloundra businesses who donate prizes.
“The walk will continue on for many years to come - promoting activity, mobility and social wellbeing,” Mr Gower concluded.
“Anyone who has organised a community event would understand that having this kind of long term success is no small feat,” Mr McArdle said.
“It has been a pleasure to be a sponsor, awards presenter and participant of the APSL fun walk for so many years.
“May we take a page out of their book and remember that age is all in the attitude,” Mr McArdle concluded.