Fairfax photographs win statewide seniors council award Cessnock’s senior citizen of the year Ron Jackson was given the honour of ‘first bounce’ at the launch of walking basketball at Cessnock Toyota Stadium on March 7. Picture: Marina Neil
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Jean Victor and Marie Davies celebrate a basket at the launch of walking basketball at Cessnock Toyota Stadium on March 7, 2017. Picture: Marina Neil

INNOVATION: Cessnock City Council’s award-winning 2017 Seniors Festival program included the launch of walking basketball. Picture: Marina Neil

Action from the launch of walking basketball at Cessnock Toyota Stadium on March 7, 2017. Picture: Marina Neil

Jean Victor in action at the launch of walking basketball at Cessnock Toyota Stadium on March 7, 2017. Picture: Marina Neil

The launch of walking basketball at Cessnock Toyota Stadium on March 7, 2017. Picture: Marina Neil

Sheila Turnbull, Judy Ziegmeier and Elenore Reichel, all of Cessnock, at the launch of walking basketball at Cessnock Toyota Stadium on March 7, 2017. Picture: Marina Neil

Sandra Jackson of Kurri Kurri and Cecilly Perkins of Kurri Kurri at the launch of walking basketball at Cessnock Toyota Stadium on March 7, 2017. Picture: Marina Neil

Spectators at the launch of walking basketball at Cessnock Toyota Stadium on March 7, 2017. Picture: Marina Neil

Action from the launch of walking basketball at Cessnock Toyota Stadium on March 7, 2017. Picture: Marina Neil

Marie Davies and Jean Victor, both of Cessnock, at the launch of walking basketball at Cessnock Toyota Stadium on March 7, 2017. Picture: Marina Neil

Maureen Ling of Cessnock, Robyn Thompson of Cessnock and Judy Prider of Paxton at the launch of walking basketball at Cessnock Toyota Stadium on March 7, 2017. Picture: Marina Neil

Action from the launch of walking basketball at Cessnock Toyota Stadium on March 7, 2017. Picture: Marina Neil

Action from the launch of walking basketball at Cessnock Toyota Stadium on March 7, 2017. Picture: Marina Neil

Action from the launch of walking basketball at Cessnock Toyota Stadium on March 7, 2017. Picture: Marina Neil

Action from the launch of walking basketball at Cessnock Toyota Stadium on March 7, 2017. Picture: Marina Neil

Action from the launch of walking basketball at Cessnock Toyota Stadium on March 7, 2017. Picture: Marina Neil

Barbara Baird of Cessnock and Rita Delaforce of Aberdare at the launch of walking basketball at Cessnock Toyota Stadium on March 7, 2017. Picture: Marina Neil

Cecily Perkins in action at the launch of walking basketball at Cessnock Toyota Stadium on March 7, 2017. Picture: Marina Neil

Marie Davies in action at the launch of walking basketball at Cessnock Toyota Stadium on March 7, 2017. Picture: Marina Neil

Action from the launch of walking basketball at Cessnock Toyota Stadium on March 7, 2017. Picture: Marina Neil

Action from the launch of walking basketball at Cessnock Toyota Stadium on March 7, 2017. Picture: Marina Neil

Action from the launch of walking basketball at Cessnock Toyota Stadium on March 7, 2017. Picture: Marina Neil

Action from the launch of walking basketball at Cessnock Toyota Stadium on March 7, 2017. Picture: Marina Neil

Action from the launch of walking basketball at Cessnock Toyota Stadium on March 7, 2017. Picture: Marina Neil

Action from the launch of walking basketball at Cessnock Toyota Stadium on March 7, 2017. Picture: Marina Neil

TweetFacebookPHOTOS: 2017 Cessnock City Seniors FestivalFairfax Media’s pictorial coverage ofsenior citizens’ activities in the Hunterhas been recognised by a state government body that seeks to challenge the stereotypes of ageing.

Photographer Marina Neil collected the Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageingaward at The n Museum in Sydney on Monday evening, for her work capturing Senior Citizens’ Week activities at Cessnock.

The images depict seniors participating in walking basketball–a modified version of the traditional game that aims at inclusivity.

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“It was a very competitive game. There was lots of pushing, shoving and a lot of elbows and walking that more resembled running.It was certainly a fun thing to shoot.”

The Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing is a 10-person committee that advises NSW Minister for Ageing Tanya Davies on matters that affect the state’s senior population.