Keith participates in the Commonwealth Games
Thousands of local legends were hand selected to carry the Queen’s Baton with pride. Nominated by their peers for achievements and contributions to their community, these baton bearers represent the spirit of the Commonwealth and inspire others to be great and KinCare Customer Keith Bowles as one of the bearers selected.
92 Year old KinCare Customer Keith has always been a sporting legend. Keith was an Australian Wrestling Champion back in the 60’s and has been active all of his life playing many sports, particularly enjoying Rugby League.
Born in 1925 in Young NSW, Keith has spent most of his life there. Keith has been a service man in the war, as well as running his own business. In between a hectic work schedule and supporting raising his three children Keith has always had a passion for sport and the community.
I felt very honoured and blessed to be able to participate in the event.
A regular at the Police Boys Club, Keith was heavily involved in the local rugby community, and also started wrestling.
Keith trained with numerous wrestling clubs with many of Australia’s revered coached, with Hal Morgan being one of them.
Keith successfully competed in wrestling for over fifteen years until as Keith says “the old man upstairs gave me a hint” and he gave it away.
Keith always enjoyed visiting the Police Boys club and was heavily involved in the local rugby community. Started wrestling shortly after his wife passed away and he trained at numerous clubs with some fantastic coaches Hal Morgan being one of them.
He competed in wrestling for over 15 years until the old man upstairs gave him a hint to give it away.
Though he has traded a regional NSW town for the QLD beachside town of Hervey Bay years ago, “You never forget your roots, Young is where I was born and raised, I went to school there, I was called up into the Army from there, Young will always be home.” Keith shares.
When discussing the relay, “A neighbour in the village I live in nominated me to be a participant in the Queens Baton Relay and organised it all for me. I felt very honoured and blessed to be able to participate in the event.” Keith humbly explains.
And nothing it seems can stop Keith. Keith is still active now and he loves playing indoor bowls and outdoor bowls a few days a week.
Prior to joining KinCare I was in and out of hospital, although since joining KinCare I feel so much better and I am really well looked after.
When asked how he reacted to being nominated, Keith said “Blast it, it’s probably the last thing I’ll do in my life so I thought why not?”
“I increased my playing prior to the Baton Relay to ensure I was strong and fit prior to the event! I didn’t want to not be able to do it.” an enthusiastic Keith tells.
“Prior to joining KinCare I was in and out of hospital, although since joining KinCare I feel so much better and I am really well looked after. My Home Care Workers make me feel part of their family. The KinCare team all look after me and treat me so well. They are just marvelous and do a wonderful job. I had five KinCare team members that came to cheer me on Sunday and also all my friends from the Hervey Bay community. Such an honour, coming from a country town community means a lot to me.”
KinCare was proud to be at the event and capture some amazing snaps to share and left feeling truly inspired.
When asked how he felt after the relay “I laid in bed the night after the relay and thought how lucky am I, Truly blessed.” Said Keith.