Apia presents Get set. 60

If you’re retired or thinking about retiring, chances are you probably know many folks living life to the fullest - pursuing their passions, building connections, and doing things that’d be impressive at any age. You might be doing so yourself. And yet, you’ve probably noticed your community missing out on much of the limelight - or worse, being misrepresented or reduced to stereotypes. And that’s just not fair, when so much of what you do deserves to be recognised.

That’s where Apia’s Get set. 60 comes in.

Get set. 60 is an initiative to celebrate some of the standout over-60 personalities in your community. You’ll find a nominee shortlist of eleven   exemplary Aussies, drawn from fields as diverse as sport, arts, volunteering and charity work. You can vote for your favourite nominees in our online voting portal – and when you do, you’ll automatically go in the running to win one of ten $1,000 prepaid Mastercards*. Once voting closes, we will announce the winners on our website - so check back once the competition closes.

So, what makes our Get set. 60 nominees exemplary?

They’re not defined by elite achievement or fame. Rather, Get set. 60 shines a light on people who demonstrate core 60+ qualities - which you might see in yourself or the people around you:

  • Energetic. They’re out and about on their own terms. They’re about , not waiting.
  • Generous. They give back to their communities in ways that sometimes go under the radar – while making a big impact on the vibrancy, diversity, and inclusivity of our society.
  • Passionate. With 60+ years of life experience, they know what brings them joy and purpose – and seek out that feeling in everything from new hobbies to long-practised pursuits.
  • Curious. Our nominees are actively engaged in the pursuits of all kinds – whether that’s work, volunteering, sports or hobbies – and in doing so, they’re open to learning and developing.

And the nominees are...

Maureen Andrews - Performing artist and arts instructor

Bill Haywood - World traveller 

Frances Martin - Volunteer & Sydney music scene events planner

Bruce Haines - TAD volunteer (Technical Aid to the Disabled)

Derek Jones - Founder of volunteer group Friends of Bayside Roads

Nicky Shelton - Realistic birdlife artist 

Rob Large - Competitive and recreational sailor

Mary Walsh - Volunteer at Western Australian Seabird Rescue

Aunty Beryl - Indigenous elder and educator

Rob “Wedge” Francis - Pro skater and president of MOSS Foundation

Yousef Ammar - Support worker and master gardener

Click through to the Get set. 60 site to learn more about the amazing things they’re doing - and why each of them deserve to win.

Visit the Get set. 60 website

Like our nominees, you’re already living the good life - but how do you make the most of it?

You can always take a leaf out of their book - one thing they have in common is that they’re exceptional learners. Even the most experienced and skilled are honing their craft and taking on new challenges. Whatever your passion, here’s a few strategies to keep you growing at and beyond retirement:

Join a club, community group or meetup.

They’re a great way to find new inspiration, pick up new skills (and share your own) and connect with people with similar interests. They can be real-life or digital - for example, Facebook Groups.You could even think about starting your own.

Digitise your professional skills.

Sharing your talents on social media, a blog or a website can help build an audience for your talent, open up new business opportunities, and create a community of supporters or followers that will encourage you to keep developing. If you need a guide to social media, or any filming equipment such as cameras or lighting gear, you can find some handy tutorials on YouTube.

Take a course.

It could be related to your passion, or in something else entirely - either way, structured learning  can add new angels to your skillset, and provide new inspiration for personal projects.

Take up mentoring.

There’s nothing like the feeling of passing your wisdom on to someone who needs the help! You’ll refresh your own knowledge, make new connections in your field, and maybe even change somebody’s life.

Ready to be inspired by your peers? Head to the Get set. 60 site and learn more about our nominees. When you’ve decided who you most resonate with, you’ll be able to click through to our voting portal and select up to 3 nominees. Casting a vote puts you in the running to win 1 of 10 $1,000 prepaid Mastercards - so what are you waiting for? Live like you’re 60, and get involved!

Visit the Get set. 60 website

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*Competition commences 8am (AEST) 01/08/22 and closes 11:59:59pm 11/09/22 (AEST). Open to AU residents 18 yrs+. Draw: 12pm (AEST) 19/09/22 at Anisimoff Legal, Suite 5, Erina Plaza, 210 Central Coast Highway, Erina NSW 2250. Winner will be notified by phone & email by 26/09/22 and published on getset60.com.au on 26/09/22. Total prize pool is valued at up to $10,000. View full terms and conditions Permits: ACT TP22/01146 & SA T22/878

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