National 2017 Golden Shoe Awards

Striding Strong: Erik Eriksson is the national winner of the Golden Shoe award for his involvement with Rylstone Heart Foundation Walking Group.
Striding Strong: Erik Eriksson is the national winner of the Golden Shoe award for his involvement with Rylstone Heart Foundation Walking Group.

A 90-year-old Port Macquarie walker described as a ‘pocket rocket’, a Townsville walking group coordinator, and a Rylstone walk organiser catering for special-needs walkers have won the National Heart Foundation of Australia’s 2017 Golden Shoe Awards. There are more than 23,000 Heart Foundation Walking participants throughout Australia. The Awards recognise people in three separate categories: Local Coordinator, Walk Organiser and Walker.  Erik Eriksson is the national winner of the Walk Organiser category of the Golden Shoe award for his involvement with Rylstone Heart Foundation Walking Group in rural NSW, through which he leads walkers on interesting pre- planned walks.  He’s also committed to recruiting new walkers and catering for those with special needs. To become a Virtual Walker, join a walking group or start one of your own in your area, visit walking.heartfoundation.org.au.

Going Strong: National winner in the Walker category, Anne Whalan, has walked with the Port Macquarie group Hearty Walkers for 20 years and is known to encourage fellow walkers with her friendliness, positivity and energy.

Going Strong: National winner in the Walker category, Anne Whalan, has walked with the Port Macquarie group Hearty Walkers for 20 years and is known to encourage fellow walkers with her friendliness, positivity and energy.