Winners and achievers

We love celebrating the successes and milestones of our walkers.

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Group Anniversaries

2021 Bring a Bloke compeition winners

2021 Golden Shoe Winners

Survey Winners


Group anniversaries

Congratulations to all the walking groups which are celebrating a major milestone in December and January - here's to many more years of walking!




1 Year

Banksia Medical Centre-My Clinic Walks, VIC

East Lismore Walkers, NSW

Gilmore Crew, NSW

Let's Get Active Linville, QLD

Townsville Hike & Explore Heart Foundation Walkers!, QLD

French Island Walking Group, VIC


Walking Wednesdays, VIC

2 Years

Apia Steppin Out - Ballarat, VIC

Apia Steppin Out - Coffs Harbour, NSW

Ballarat Walk Talk & Repeat Sat 9.30am 5k Vic Park Walk, VIC

Ballarat Walk Talk Coffee Repeat Friday 10am 3k Lake Walk, VIC

Charles Green Walking Group, VIC

Dandenong Ranges Walking Group, VIC

Hills Doctors, NSW

Hills Family General Practice, NSW

Macarthur Heights Walking Group, NSW

Mt Pleasant Men's Shed Walking Group, SA

Walters Road Medical Centre, NSW

Brisk Walk - Mums, VIC

Seven Hills Super Clinic, NSW

Westfield Chermside, QLD

3 Years

Apia Steppin Out walking group - Shellharbour, NSW

Tanah Merah Morning Walkers, QLD

Birtinya Beats, QLD

Moana Coasters, SA

4 Years

Baldivis Pole Walking Group for Seniors, WA

Harbour Family Chiropractic Walking Club, WA

SWAGS (Sorell Walking Around Group), TAS

Burnside Briskers, SA

East Gosford Pacemakers, NSW

KGV Walk Group, NSW

Stockland Hervey Bay, QLD

5 Years


Pumicestone Walkers, QLD

Walk and Talk, SA

6 Years

Highgate Hill (Brisbane River) Walkers, QLD


7 Years

Aberfoyle Walkers, SA

Coolum Beach Walking Group, QLD

Coromandel Valley Walkers, SA

Pinjarra Volunteer Walk Group, WA

Beechworth Walkers, VIC

Echuca Zippers, VIC

Unicorn Group, NSW

8 Years

ATSICHS Deadly Walkers, QLD

Berrinba Trail Blazers, QLD

Golden Oldies, SA

Port Fairy HF Group, VIC

Beverley Walkers, WA

Morphett Vale Walking Group, SA

Stocklands Indoor Walk, VIC

The Murgon Walkers, QLD

WMG Walkers Group 2, VIC

9 Years

Holden Hill Community Group, SA

Maryborough CH Walkers, VIC

10 Years

Centenary Park WA, WA

Hearty Alex Walkers, QLD

Koo Wee Rup Evening Walkers, VIC

Lincoln'ites', SA

Morwell Walkers, VIC

Proston Walking Group, QLD

Salisbury North, SA

Walk-ability Stanhope, VIC

11 Years

Algester Walkers, QLD

Brompton footers, SA

Goulburn Walkers, NSW

Point Cook Activity Group, VIC

The Pines Mall Walkers, VIC

Walking Talking, TAS

Huonville Heartbeats, TAS

12 Years

Hume 'R' Us Walkers, VIC

Sorell Gourmet Walkers, TAS

Treasures, VIC

Zamia Walkers, WA

Morning Walk Yamba, NSW

13 Years

Curtin Walking Group, ACT

Leschenault Walking, WA

Monday Coffee Mugs, TAS

Shellharbour Walkers, NSW

Traralgon Walking, VIC


14 Years


Murwillumbah On The Move, NSW

15 Years

Semaphore Seniors, SA

Almond Tree Trackers, SA

River Trekkers, SA

16 Years


17 Years



18 Years


19 Years


Boonah Walkers, QLD

Brookside Walking Group, QLD

20+ Years

Toowoomba Hearty Ramblers, QLD

Hawthorne Happy Hikers, QLD


During the month of June we ran a 'Bring a Bloke' competition to acknowledge Men’s Health Week. All men who either joined a walking group or downloaded a PWP automatically went into the draw to win one of 6 $100 Bunnings gift cards……and the winners are:2021 Bring a Bloke compeition winners

  • Trevor Dowie, VIC (Group walker)

  • Russell Hawksworth, WA (Group walker)

  • Michael Woodward, NSW (Group walker)

  • Neville, NSW (PWP)

  • Phillip, QLD (PWP)

  • Craig, NSW (PWP)

2021 Golden Shoe Winners

The annual Golden Shoe Awards recognise the changes individuals are making towards a healthy lifestyle through walking. Congratulations to our 2021 walking heros!

Category: Courage and Commitment
Winner: Ian Watson, VIC

Three years ago, at the age of 72, Ian knew he had to make some changes in his life. Ian was severely overweight, which put him at risk of heart disease and other chronic conditions. He took up walking, exploring the streets around his suburb of Altona Meadows in Melbourne.

Keen to join a walking group, and being a Western Bulldogs fan, Ian contacted the club’s Sons of the West program to see if they had one.

The answer was no, but the club encouraged Ian to start a Heart Foundation Walking group in his area. Since its inception in May 2019, the Meadows Walkers has grown from two members to more than 90 and strides out together five times a week.

Ian is the group’s Walk Organiser. He enjoys the social interaction with other walking enthusiasts, along with the health benefits. Since he started walking regularly, Ian has lost an astounding 35 kilograms.

Category: Wellness Warrior
Winner: Ruby McGrow, NSW

Ruby arrived in Australia from the UK more than half a century ago and, never having driven, walking was how she got around. It kept her happy and healthy, but last year she found herself less physically active by sad necessity. 

Frank, her husband of 57 years, was very ill and she nursed him at home. Sadly, Frank passed away in June 2020. 

After she lost him, Ruby struggled to get motivated to be active. However, knowing Frank would not want her to mope about at their home in Sydney’s North Ryde, Ruby connected with Heart Foundation Walking at age 81.

Ruby prefers to walk by herself rather than in a group. She hits her local trails, aiming for 10,000 steps a day. Ruby is a prolific poster in the Heart Foundation Walking Facebook group, sharing pictures of vivid flowers, cool streams and sleepy lizards she encounters on her walks.

Category: Zero to Hero
Winner: Sharon Wood, QLD

From her first day with the Wishart Walkers in March 2018, Sharon proved herself to be a Heart Foundation Walking devotee. Each month, she consistently completes more walks than any other member, recently reaching a milestone of 1,500 walks.

When the Heart Foundation ran a challenge for members to clock up one million steps, Sharon was the first Queenslander and the fourth person nationally to complete it.

Sharon, 57, who is from the Brisbane suburb of Eight Miles Plains, also trained to be a volunteer Walk Organiser. So in addition to walking with her original group, she now also runs a second Wishart Walkers group, which has more than 30 members and walks seven afternoons a week.

Members find her an inspiration and a positive role model because of her walking consistency, thoughtfulness and meticulous recording of their walking statistics.

Category: Leadership
Winner: Carol Webb, NSW

Carol has been a member of the Illawarra Walkers for almost 15 years, and has been the group’s Walk Organiser for most of that time.

The group walks together every Tuesday morning after meeting at the North Wollongong Surf Lifesaving Club. There are about 40 members, but even if the weather is poor and only four come along, Carol will be one of them. Once, she even turned up with a broken ankle to record walkers’ names before they set off.

About seven years ago, Carol suggested that anyone wanting to donate to the Heart Foundation could put a gold coin in the kitty each week. To date, the group has donated almost $7000.

Carol, 78, is described as being quiet, reliable, encouraging and caring. She calls absent walkers to check they are okay and will wait for latecomers. Group members have a variety of abilities; Carol matches walkers together perfectly, so the distance covered and pace suits everyone.

The winners will each receive a gift card and a Golden Shoe Award pin.

Survey Winners

Thank you to everyone who completes our member surveys. The responses go a long way towards helping us improve the program. Congratulations to the following people who have won a gift voucher -

Our Annual Survey winners for 2020 are:

Heather Fabris, Stockland Traralgon, Traralgon Walking

Narelle Abbotts, Kempsey Walking Group

Michael Dunne, Melton Sons (Walk Organiser); Watergardens Walkers

Ronald Phillips, Bargara Beach Walkers (Walk Organiser)

rDeslea Schneider, Stockland Striders (Walk Organiser)