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NSW Seniors Week Ambassadors announced

17 February 2014

Minister for Ageing and Disability Services John Ajaka today proudly announced this year’s NSW Seniors Week Ambassadors.

"I am thrilled that the successful senior ambassadors I have announced today include a man who invented a device to help people with profound disabilities, a musician who toured with INXS and the oldest person to qualify as a personal trainer in NSW," Minister Ajaka said.

"The 11 ambassadors have extraordinary stories and are an inspiration to seniors across the state.

"Each of our ambassadors will share their unique stories and wisdom with thousands of people throughout the campaign.

"More than 900 events will be held during NSW Seniors Week from Saturday 15 to Sunday 23 March.

"On behalf of the NSW Government, I thank them all for demonstrating their unique perspectives on what being a senior in 2014 is all about." Minister Ajaka said.

This year's ambassadors are:

Steve Widders
Steve is legally blind and a member of the Anaiwan and Kamilaroi people of northern NSW. He works full time as an Aboriginal Community Liaison Officer with Armidale Dumaresq Council.

Nan Bosler OAM
Nan has attained five tertiary qualifications since the age of 50 and is President of the Australian Seniors Computer Club Association (ASCCA), which aims to help older people make the most of modern technology.

Kumar Pereira
Kumar became a household name after appearing on TV’s MasterChef and has continued to celebrate his love of food by writing an online blog and publishing a cookbook last year.

Robina Beard OAM
Robina is a performer and exercise guru who became a TV icon playing Madge the manicurist in a famous 1970s commercial. Robina’s long and diverse career has spanned many roles on stage and screen, including starring in ABC TV’s A Moody Christmas.

John Dowse OAM
John became the oldest person to qualify as a personal trainer in NSW and now runs circuit classes for over 55s with the Senior Wellness Program at the University of Sydney.

Anthony Gorringe
Anthony is a keen sportsman, having played lawn bowls for more than 47 years, including at an international level. Anthony is a board member and past president of the Deaf Society of NSW.

Kay Gorringe
Kay not only learned to drive in her 50s, but also took up painting. Kay now exhibits and sells her artworks around NSW. Kay and her husband Anthony have lived in Orange for more than 40 years.

Peter Ford
Peter is a bionic developer who invented NeuroSwitch, a device which helps people with profound disabilities to communicate. Peter is the 2014 NSW Senior Australian of the Year.

Gladys Smith
Gladys is a lifelong community worker author of three books. Gladys has spent many of her senior years coordinating volunteers and running a club for people with vision impairment in the Canterbury Bankstown area.

Graham Ross VMM
Graham is a popular TV and radio personality who has been a presenter on TV’s Better Homes and Gardens for 20 years and, along with his wife and daughter, hosts 2GB’s Garden Clinic, now in its 34th year.

Shauna Jensen
Shauna is an entertainer and community volunteer. A "new" senior having just reached the age of 60, Shauna has made countless TV, radio and live music appearances, including performances at Sydney's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

For more information about NSW Seniors Week visit

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