Saxy Lady wins national award

The Allora resident, better known as the “Saxy Lady”, has been recognised for her triumphant return to music after stroke by winning the Creative Award at the Stroke Foundation’s 2019 Stroke Awards.

Lynette Gordon-Smith suffered a stroke in 2017, which significantly impacted the use of her right hand and arm. Lynette was devastated to learn she may never be able to play her beloved saxophone again.

But with determination and hard work in her rehabilitation, the 68 year old is not only playing, but performing again. She has even produced a CD which raises funds for the Stroke Foundation.

Lynette was announced as the Creative Award winner at the Stroke Foundation 2019 Stroke Awards in Melbourne on Tuesday.

“I’m honoured to be the 2019 Creative Award recipient. After my stroke, I had to learn to swallow, walk, talk and use my hand again. It’s been a tough journey, but I was committed to beating the odds,” Lynette said.

“I am truly grateful to the occupational therapists and the allied health team at Warwick Hospital for their support in my rehabilitation.

“I’ve played the saxophone since I was 13 years old and I couldn’t imagine my life without music. I love the joy music brings to others when I perform.

“I am also passionate about raising awareness of stroke and encouraging other stroke survivors to never give up.

Stroke Foundation Chief Executive Officer Sharon McGowan congratulated Lynette on winning the Creative Award.

“Lynette is an inspiration and her story highlights what can be achieved with persistence and support after stroke,” Ms Sanders said.

“Lynette is not only continuing her recovery journey, but helping the broader stroke community by raising awareness and funds for the Stroke Foundation.”

The Creative Award, proudly sponsored by Marmalade Melbourne, recognises a stroke survivor’s contribution to creative industries, including writing, photography, music and fine art.

Lynette playing the saxophone

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