Men’s health envoy our top senior

Jessica CuthbertAlbany Advertiser
Grant Westthorp winner of the WA Seniors of the Year Award, Regional.
Camera IconGrant Westthorp winner of the WA Seniors of the Year Award, Regional. Credit: Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

Men’s health ambassador Grant Westthorp has been recognised for his contribution to the health and wellbeing of men in Albany.

Mr Westthorp won the regional Senior of the Year award at the WA Seniors 2018 Juniper Lifetime Achievement Awards last week.

For more than a decade, Mr Westthorp, chief executive officer of the Men's Resource Centre, has been dedicated to the health of men, implementing many community events and support networks including the Australia Day Fun Run, Mental Health Week “Up the Creek with a Paddle” and Men’s Health Week Blokes Talkfest.

Mr Westthorp said he didn’t know he was nominated for the award.

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So the win was a wonderful surprise.

“I am honoured to receive the award for the recognition for the past 10 years of commitment and passion that I have invested towards men’s physical, mental and social wellbeing firstly in the Great Southern, Statewide, Australia-wide and now globally with my free Well Man phone app,” he said.

“I am extremely humbled by the recognition.”

Acting Seniors and Ageing Minister David Templeman said the award finalists proved how older West Australians were so often the unsung heroes of our communities.

“The work they do to support their peers, promote healthy and active ageing and give back to the wider community is remarkable,” he said.

“Importantly, the awards help seniors from all walks of life understand that age is no barrier when it comes to achieving great things.”

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