Meet Robbie Canner at 61, she is the epitome of fitness and reknown as a beauty pageant Queen, but with a difference. Robbie started competing in pageants as a 57-year-old, after losing her son Scott, 22 to non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2011. After Scott was diagnosed, Robbie began working with Tour de Cure to raise money for cancer research.
Since 2007, Tour De Cure has raised more than $40 million dollars, funding 322 cancer projects, 24 significant cancer breakthroughs and helped to raise awareness of cancer prevention to more than 110,000 school children across Australia.
Through the organisation, she created the Scott Canner Young Investigator Grant to help fund the research of young Australian academics studying cancer. More than 750K in grants has been awarded thus far.
Robbie is using pageantry to help spread her cause around the world. After being crowned Ms World 2018/19 in Seattle last year, Ms Canner has proven that age really is just a number, from beating out beauties from 22 different countries aged 26 and up, to walking at the prestigious New York Fashion Week earlier this year in February as the world’s oldest model to grace the runway.
“My goal is to just get one Mum to cuddle her child as a survivor,” she said. “If I get three, we’re headed towards a breakthrough.
“I’m determined no one else will have to go through losing a child.”
Being a positively motivating influence with women over 50 and starting a conversation around the world about ageing with a positive mindset, is a platform Robbie is very grateful for, and passionate about. She also wants to help inspire and give hope to other parents grieving the loss of a child.
Much more than just a pretty face, Robbie has twice taken first place in the Master's women’s outrigger canoe race in Hawaii with her crew and is also a National Preliminary Dressage champion.