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John Wall - An Australian Story

John Wall
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Recently on Australian Story on the ABC chronicled the life of John Wall, a man who's been described as the 'fastest baby boomer on earth'.

Born in Dublin and raised in Hong Kong with parents who were both prisoners of war, Wall had a cosmopolitan childhood and spoke mainly Chinese until he was eight.

His started his working life in the film industry on productions with stars like Steve McQueen and Sir Richard Attenborough.

Arriving in Australia in the late 1960’s he worked in film, television and advertising and travelled the world extensively. He was one of the first Westerners into the Killing Fields in Kampuchea.

Wall’s eldest son, Sean Wall, became a heroin addict, and despite great support from the Salvation Army, died from an overdose. John Wall's song, thanking the Salvos for their help, was used as the theme music for the 1998 Red Shield advertising campaign.

Wall had been a champion sprinter in his youth until he contracted tuberculosis. After Sean’s death he returned to athletics. In 2006 he was ranked number one in the world in the 60 – 65 age group for both the 100m and 200m.

His goal now is to win Gold at the World Masters Games in Italy in September and inspire other ‘ageing’ Australians to fitness and good health.

He says age is no barrier to achieving your goals.

Watch Australian Story on the ABC at 8pm.

John has a web site dedicated to obtaining a healthier and stronger life for those over 40 year olds (

John also has a Blog which is regularly updated with details of John's work and adventures. (

John has  new web site which will be launched on Monday night. Please revisit here to link to John's new web site.

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