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'Is this the coolest man in the country?
We think he is!' - Village Voice (Sydney inner
'An extraordinary account - an old man mapping the city
with his feet' - Adelaide Advertiser
'Alan Waddell...proved you are never too old to change the world.' - Think Big magazine
'A grandfather who has achieved cult fame' - St
George and Sutherland Shire Leader
'One of the best web sites I have ever seen' -
Radio 702 ABC (Simon Marnie)
'Alan Waddell was a worldwide internet sensation.' - Daily Telegraph
'The North Shore's most famous athlete' - Sydney
'Inconceivable pioneering work' - Guang Ming
'A popular web site' - San Francisco Chronicle
'Fantastic web site' - Radio New Zealand
'A real-life inspiration' - The Nation (Thailand)
'An amazing man' - Radio 2UE (Glenn Wheeler)
'Legendary walker ... Alan's an inspiration'
- Mosman Daily
'Elderly Australian walks into stardom' - People's
'Alan’s website…one of the best around'
– Mt Druitt & St Marys Standard
'[He] has inspired thousands...an internet superstar'
- Independent Times (Canada)
'This site has turned a simple idea into a
real treasure' - The Sydney Morning Herald
'He's a legend, a terrific Sydneysider
and a great Australian' - Radio Nova (Merrick
'A media darling Down Under and his fame is spreading
fast across the globe' - Kitchener Record (Canada)
This site is primarily about an unusual collection
of over 2,900 photos of Sydney taken whilst walking
every street, lane, bush track etc in 291 suburbs
of Sydney. There have been over 4,030,000 pages viewed by over 1,570,000 visitors from 184 countries (latest new ones
are Burundi, Congo, Djibouti, Gabon, Haiti, Micronesia and Timor-Leste) - see Visitor
Countries for full list.
Alan Waddell was encouraged by his doctor to take up walking.
After a while, repeating the same route every day became boring.
So Alan Waddell decided to walk every street in his own suburb.
In December 2002, this idea of walking every street
was expanded to include neighbouring suburbs and so his odyssey
Olympians 12 July 2007
Australian Olympic medallist and now
newspaper and TV personality, Elka Graham, joined Alan
for another walk, this time with fiance Thomas Whalan
at Balmoral Beach. Thomas is also an Olympian and captain
of the Australian water polo team. If Elka and Thomas,
two delightful people, are typical of their sports,
you couldn’t do better than encourage your kids
to take up swimming or water polo.
Mt Druitt & St Marys Standard
11 July 2007
The report in Town Talk column commended "Amanda,
a young mother with two infants, [who] insisted Alan take
a bottle of cold water and a donation for his charity [the
& St Marys Standard 27 June 2007
The Western Sydney newspaper Mount
Druitt & St Marys Standard caught up with Alan
on one of his days of walking in their territory, and
kindly supplied some professional photos to contrast
with the amateur ones of Alan that you are used to seeing.
Standard reporter Laura Cencigh
and photographer Armen Deushian (who complained that Alan
was walking too fast for the camera) never stop smiling. Here
is their article
"On a mission to walk".
NSW Government Award 12 March 2007
The New South Wales Government has honoured
Alan with an award for promoting health and wellbeing.
It recognised his motivating people to improve their
health by walking and his work for organisations such
as the National Heart Foundation; Department of Ageing,
Disability and Home Care; and the Sydney Harbour Trust.
The award was presented to Alan by the
state premier Morris Iemma at the Sydney Town Hall.
(Photo courtesy DADHC, NSW Government)
2UE (Sydney) 17 March 2007
An interview about Seniors Week with 2UE's afternoon presenter,
Glenn Wheeler, concluded with a no-holds-barred fight over
who was going to win the football match that evening. Alan
told Sharks-supporter Glenn that "you haven't got a hope"
against the Panthers. The Sharks won 18-0.
North Shore Times (Sydney) 7
March 2007 and
North Shore Courier (Sydney) 7
Both papers carried a story about the two North Shore ambassadors
for Seniors Week, Alan and Cornelia Francis. Cornelia appears
in the TV programme Home and Away, but is best known for hosting
the game show The Weakest Link.
The Sun-Herald (Sydney) 25 February 2007
Two items about Alan's activities appeared in this edition
of The Sun-Herald. One was on his leading of a walk
through the back streets of Edgecliff; the other was part
of an article about the ambassadors for the New South Wales
Government's Seniors Week. Other ambassadors are actor Marcus
Hale, nutritionist Rosemary Stanton, actor Henri Szeps, Logies
award winner Judy Stone, actress Benita Collings and TV host
The Sydney Morning Herald
12 February 2007
The Herald's "Webwatch" page ran an item about
Alan's walking, including the comment that "the result
is this website, which gives an amazing peek into the fabric
of our city."
Auburn Review (Sydney)
10 January 2007
A photo of Alan walking in Granville occupied almost a half
of the front page of the Auburn Review, with the
story and a further photo inside.
Should we tell the editor of the Auburn
Review that his staff were lying down on the job?
Bankstown - Canterbury Torch (Sydney)
10 January 2007
The same story as appeared in the Auburn Review,
but different photos, were used by the Review's stablemate.
Their combined circulation is 120,000.
ABC New England North West 15 December 2006
David Evans interviewed Alan for his breakfast programme broadcast
on the ABC's New England North West radio network. This covers
the northern inland area of the state. Alan showed his versatility
and capacity for innovation when he managed to squeeze several
buttons on the phone while on air, causing Mr Evans to have
to ring him back.
Heart Foundation Ambassadors
20 November 2006
Elka Graham is an Olympic silver and World Championships
gold medallist in swimming. More than that, she is one
of the nicest people you could meet. Elka and Alan are
both media ambassadors for Australia’s National
Heart Foundation. The swimmer and the walker exchanged
experiences during a 70-minute stroll.
702 ABC (Sydney)
27 October 2006
92.5 ABC (Central Coast) 27 October
In the photos at left (courtesy of ABC) and below, Alan
is being interviewed by Richard Glover at the Customs
House outdoor area near Circular Quay.
ABC radio conducted several
outside broadcasts as part of their support for Diabetes Australia.
Alan was a guest in Richard Glover's drive programme from
Sydney city. It was to promote the benefits of walking for
minimising risk of contracting diabetes.