The Honour Roll recognises past State and
Territory and National Award recipients
Senior Australian of the Year
State and Territory Recipient
2019 NSW Senior Australian of the Year
Ms Heather Lee OAMState: New South Wales
At 92, Heather Lee is an unstoppable Australian. Taking up elite competition in her eighties, Heather currently holds eight Australian, and five world, records in race-walking for her age group. Remarkably, Heather is one of the few people who walks the full 24 hours of the Hawkesbury Relay for Life.
At 92, Heather Lee is an unstoppable Australian. She started walking regularly late in life – signing up for a series of fun runs in her late 70s – and discovering she was actually quite quick.
In 2011, at her physiotherapist's suggestion, Heather competed in the Australian Masters Games, just before her 85th birthday – winning four gold medals. In 2012, she set a new Australian record for the 5km race-walking event for her age group.
Later that year, at the Australian Masters Track and Field Championships, she broke three Australian records; the 10km (84m 06.00s), the 1500m (11m 36.90s) and her own 5km (now in 41m 25.40s). Currently, Heather holds eight Australian and five world records.
Heather has been a member of the local Hawkesbury Cancer Support Group for many years and was the 2018 Cancer Council March Charge Ambassador. Remarkably, Heather is one of the few people who walks the full 24 hours of the Hawkesbury Relay for Life.