Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness (SUSF) seniors group fitness instructor John ‘Sparrow’ Dowse’s classes have never been more popular, and now he’s been awarded with a medal of the Order of Australia (OAM).

The 78-year-old former Sydney University rugby union premiership winner and 1961 Wallaby fly-half was awarded an OAM on Australia Day for service to the welfare of the aged through a range of health initiatives.

Dowse runs seven group fitness classes a week for seniors at the Sydney Uni Sports & Aquatic Centre (SUSAC), in the new Brydens Group Fitness Room.

The man known as ‘Sparrow’ has been running the classes since 2006 and has developed a cult following amongst SUSF gym goers. 

Each class rotates between 25 different exercises and focuses on building strength, balance and endurance.

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