The inaugural Active Seniors’ Festival was a great success, with hundreds of Seniors and interested members of the community gathering at the Perth Cultural Centre in Northbridge on Saturday November 15.
This celebration of Active lifestyles was launched by Hon. Tony Simpson MP, Minister for Seniors, and featured Ron Alexander, Director-General of the Department of Sport and Recreation as keynote speaker.
CEO of COTA (WA) Ken Marston explains :
“Seniors want to live with greater independence, connected to their communities. Active, healthy lifestyles are a huge part of meeting the challenges of ageing with vitality and confidence. It is important that the community recognise that Ageing is not a disability, and the possibilities of living your golden years with the best of health and fulfilment.”
Showcased in the Festival were the achievements of the Providers, Instructors and Participants of Living Longer Living Stronger, WA’s progressive strength training programme for Seniors. This year’s winners were recognised with Excellence Awards rewarding their achievements, and a public demonstration of the programme called on members of the audience to become involved.
Ken also announced three new COTA initiatives to help Seniors achieve independence.
“The Active Seniors’ Network will help link Seniors with the many ethical services created to help them. Our new Mall Walking project reconnects Seniors with introductory physical and social activity in a social setting. The Working Seniors’ level of Living Longer Living Stronger will enable those in 9 to 5 jobs to access the expertise and benefits of our premier health and fitness programme.
These developments will help address the key issues of social isolation, sedentary lifestyles, lifestyle related illness and information awareness that beset our Seniors. Western Australian Seniors deserve the very best in their lifestyles and community, and COTA can help.”
Best Regional Provider : Denmark Recreation Centre
Best Metropolitan Provider : Attadale Physiotherapy Centre
Best Regional Instructor : Carmel Ietto (Harvey Recreation and Cultural Centre)
Best Metropolitan Instructor : Tyler Hall (Transitions Health and Fitness)
Best Regional Participant : Reg McKenny (Harvey Recreation and Cultural Centre)
Best Metropolitan Participant : Mal Dennett (Riverton Leisureplex)
2014 Innovation Award : Gerry Brown (Riverton Leisureplex)
COTA (WA) were joined on the day by LiveLighter, Australian Hearing, the Independent Living Centre of WA, WA Disabled Sports Association, GESB, the Alzheimer’s Association, and King’s Tours in promoting these key aims.
Guest Speaker Sponsor:
Provider, Instructor and Participants Awards Sponsor
Australian Barbell Company