Joint winners of the Senior Sports Award Ian farmer and Henry West with the mayor of Coffs Harbour, Cr Keith Rhoades.
Joint winners of the Senior Sports Award Ian farmer and Henry West with the mayor of Coffs Harbour, Cr Keith Rhoades.

As fit as ?seniors? can get



OVERWEIGHT, unfit and unhappy.

There was once a time when these words could have described Ian Farmer and Henry West. Not anymore.

Today, a more fitting way to describe the joint recipients of the Senior Sports Award is inspirational.

Unable to separate the two, the Coffs Harbour Australia Day committee decided that both men should be recognised for their achievements in sport at all levels.

Mr Farmer, 47, took up taekwondo three years ago after watching his children train at the Combined Self Defence and Fitness studio.

"At the time I was overweight. I would go to watch the kids and just sit there. I realised one day that I should stop watching and get active," he said.

Since that day he has progressed from junior belt to brown belt, lost weight, got fit and successfully competed at regional, State, national and international level.

He hopes to get his black belt early this year and also helps in the coaching and development of junior members of his club.

"You are never too old. I tell all my friends that they should get active ? it keeps you healthy and happy," Mr Farmer said.

Mr West's grandchildren call him 'Mr Incredible', a fitting name for the 61-year-old body builder.

He decided to take up body building 10 years ago while waiting for his daughter to finish aerobics class.

Never doing things by half, he gave it his all ? training five days a week and eating a special diet.

His determination paid off, with him reaching first place in the National Amateur Body Builders Association's Bodybuilding Championships for over 60s.

He then went to Austria where he won the World Fitness Federation title of Mr Universe in the over 60s category.

Keeping himself in the tip-top condition he is requires a punishing regime, but he still finds time at assist people of all ages with their training.



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