Moira Ryde: Friend, Athlete, Enthusiast, Grandmother, Award winner, Swimmer, Navy wife, Traveller.

In 2016 Moira received a Premier’s Volunteer Champion award and in 2015 she received a Victorian Disability Sport and Recreation – Volunteer of the Year award.

I love it, I really love it, Moira Ryde effuses when asked about life at Cardinia Water Retirement Village. It’s a great place to stay fit and active. There are plenty of activities to choose from; and we have a gym, a health club, a swimming pool and gardens. But Moira, 75, is often too busy in her role as a volunteer with Special Olympics Victoria, which is part of the Special Olympics Australia network that provides weekly sports training and regular competition for people with an intellectual disability. Although she says she doesn’t do as much as she used to, she still spends around 10 hours a week attending meetings and helping organise events, including regional games and state games.

Moira says she gets more from volunteering than she gives. It keeps me active and engaged in the community, I’ve learned a lot of new skills and I’m often reminded of how much I have, of how lucky I am. Moira advises embracing the senior years as they can be the best years of your life. Whether it’s taking advantage of all the activities available through joining clubs or through volunteering, Moira says it’s vital to stay active and socially engaged and involved in the community. It’s so important that older people are physically active; the adage ‘use it or lose it’ is so true, she says.

In 2016 Moira received a Premier’s Volunteer Champion award and in 2015 she received a Victorian Disability Sport and Recreation – Volunteer of the Year award, for her years of dedication to making a meaningful difference to the lives of athletes with an intellectual disability.