Karrinyup walk leader wins award at Active Ageing Awards


Maureen Banham.
Maureen Banham.

A MALL walking group leader, who has been leading senior walkers at Karrinyup Shopping Centre for 10 years, has been recognised as the joint best walk leader at the 2016 Active Ageing Awards last week.

Maureen Banham (74) joined Council on the Ageing’s (COTA) mall walking group at Karrinyup when it was launched in 2007 and has been a leader since.

The group won its second straight best mall walk group at the awards, which was attended by COTA WA active ageing manager Phil Airey, Athlete’s Foot owner Michelle Docherty, City of Stirling councillor Andrew Guilfoyle and Carine MLA Tony Krsticevic.

In celebration of the group’s 10th year anniversary, Ms Banham constructed a photo wall of the history and achievements and displayed it at the event.

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Ms Banham said she was recovering from a car accident when she began mall walking a decade ago.

“I was recovering from a car accident when I went to the launch to see how it was,” she said.

“I thought if I become a leader I would keep going and for many years, I have not missed a day.

“I have improved a lot compared to when I first started.”

Ms Banham said mall walking was beneficial to people’s health and social lives.

“I like meeting people and I am aware of what people’s needs are so I can help them as well,” she said.

“There is a social get-together with coffee afterwards, so it is a nice outing as well as getting fit.

“If you are walking, it helps you with your fitness.”

Ms Banham was also involved in assisting the formation of The Square Mirrabooka’s walking group last year.