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In profile: Anna Gibson

Anna Gibson. Photo: Wendy Merrick Anna Gibson. Photo: Wendy Merrick

I’ve heard that you have a boyfriend, is that true?

Yes, his name is Chris Marshall. I love him so much. He tries really hard in the gym and he is always nice to everybody.

What do you do at the RSL Health Club?

I put the drinks in the fridge, unpack the chips, and clean all of the equipment. I really enjoy myself at work and I love meeting lots of people. I come to the gym to do fitness as well (with BreakThru). I used to swim. I come in every Thursday and also help with the little kids in the junior room.

What is the best part of your job?

Taking care of the little kids (in the crèche). I was very excited when I got paid for the first time, I bought a salad sandwich.

Tell me something special about yourself?

I do all of my own washing. I have a lot of DVDs, and my favourite movie is “The Wizard of Oz”. My favourite singer is Katy Perry, “Roar” is my favourite song. I sang it at the BreakThru concert at the RSL last year.

Were you scared to sing in front of all those people?

No, I wasn’t scared at all. I know all the words to “Roar”.

Will you sing in the concert again this year?

Yes. I don’t know if I’ll sing a Katy Perry song again or not yet.

Extra notes of interest:

Anna Gibson had been going to the RSL Health Club’s gym for many years and the staff there got to know her well – they offered her a job when one became available.

Anna’s mum Emma told Dubbo Photo News: “To have a paid job for a person with a disability is really unique – most work is voluntary.”

RSL Gym manager Carmen Appleby said: “We’re quite proud to have her here, she’s a part of the team, everyone knows and loves her.”

– Interview & photo by Wendy Merrick