Kensington resident honoured to have been in line for WA Senior Awards gong


Quentin Smythe was a finalist in the WA Senior Awards.
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Quentin Smythe was a finalist in the WA Senior Awards. Picture: Martin Kennealey d475422

QUENTIN Smythe believes no matter what age you are, you need to keep exercising.

The Kensington resident is the founder of Have a Go News and is a committee member for the Seniors Recreation Council of WA.

He established the Living Histories project where more than 1000 people have shared their stories of life in the 1950s.

“I think it’s important to be physically active because it helps you remain steady on your feet,” Mr Smythe said.

“It’s also important to take part in activities because of the socialisation; it connects you to a network of people.

“For me, I loved taking part in The Over 55 Canoe Club; I loved canoeing.”

Mr Smythe was a finalist in the WA Senior Awards for recognition of his 26 years working for the betterment of older people in the community.

The awards took place on October 22 and Phillip Paddon picked up the Juniper Lifetime Achievement Award for the metropolitan area, while Lesley Balinski, from Katanning, picked up the regional award.

“I felt very honoured to be a finalist and I believed I stood there for all the people who didn’t get recognised,” Mr Smythe said.

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