Courtney Allan


“Saxy Lady” wins national award

“Saxy Lady” wins national award

Lynette Gordon-Smith has been recognised for her triumphant return to music after she suffered a stroke in 2017.

She’s won the Creative Award at the Stroke Foundation’s 2019 Stroke Awards.

Lynette suffered a stroke in 2017, which impacted the use of her right hand and arm and it was devastating for her to learn that she might never play the saxophone again as she has a deep love for the instrument.

“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,” she explained.

However, after hard work and determination in her rehabilitation, the 68-year-old is not only playing, but she’s performing again as well.

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

Stroke Foundation Chief Executive Officer Sharon McGowan was thrilled for Lynette to win the 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.”

Lynette is currently helping to raise funds for the Stroke Foundation by releasing a CD filled with her saxophone music.