Past Award Nominees and Recipients
Senior Australian of the Year
2018 WA Senior Australian of the Year Nominee
Hugh RogersState: Western Australia
Over the last 25 years, Hugh Rogers has donated a staggering 20,000 hours of his time to the Senior Recreation Council of WA. Joining the Council as a volunteer in 1992, Hugh started by running a mixed indoor bowls tournament but was soon to become a volunteering powerhouse who has created a host of innovative programs for senior Australians. The Council’s President since 2001, Hugh's personal vision, creativity and initiative have achieved stunning success. Have a Go Day celebrates social inclusion and brings together more than 15,000 seniors to experience new activities. The LiveLighter Aged Care Games helps older people in care to take part in specially-adapted activities. Under Hugh’s leadership, the council has expanded to encompass 11 branches which support thousands of seniors to interact, learn new skills and stay active. The embodiment of the Council’s philosophy – healthy ageing through activity – Hugh is a positive force for good, helping thousands of people to stay healthy, connected and part of their community.