Australian Masters Games

Participant Stories

16 September 2013

Participant Stories

Helen Anderson - Athletics

Dandenong’s Helen Anderson is preparing for an assault on the Australian Masters Games in Geelong this October, returning to the track for the first time since her high school glory days.

Deborah Birrell - Hockey

Tallangatta’s Deborah Birrell is preparing for an assault on the Australian Masters Games in Geelong this October, crediting her love of hockey for its role in helping her overcome two bouts of cancer.

Marco Brandli - Cycling

Over 8,000 participants are expected to descend on Geelong this October for the 14th Australian Masters Games, and Coffs Harbour’s Marco Brandli will be one.

Malcolm Codrington - Athletics

Over 8,000 participants are expected to descend on Geelong this October for the 14th Australian Masters Games, and Redwood Park’s Malcolm Codrington will be one.

Lucy Dick - Indoor Rowing

Red Hill’s Lucy Dick is preparing for an assault on the Australian Masters Games in Geelong this October, buoyed by the prospect of participating along her 83-year-old grandfather.

Pat Galvin - Swimming

Over 8,000 participants are expected to descend on Geelong this October for the 14th Australian Masters Games, and Cheltenham’s Pat Galvin will be one.

Nick Grainger - Cycling

Brighton’s Nick Grainger is preparing for an assault on the Australian Masters Games in Geelong, aiming to cap off a very busy year in his cycling calendar with a win in October.

Kathryn Heagney - Athletics

Patterson Lakes’ Kathryn Heagney is preparing for an assault on the Australian Masters Games in Geelong this October, looking to celebrate her 10th Games by continuing her impressive winning streak.

Stephen Hennessy - Indoor Rowing

Springfield Lakes’ Stephen Hennessy is preparing for an assault on the Australian Masters Games in Geelong this October, having overcome a freak accident that threatened his sporting career.

David Hirst - Baseball

Happy Valley’s David Hirst is preparing for an assault on the Australian Masters Games in Geelong this October, forever grateful that his passion for sport and participation in Masters competition also found him the love of his life.

Janet Howl - Judo

Chelsea’s Janet Howl is preparing for an assault on the judo competition at the Australian Masters Games in Geelong this October, buoyed by the prospect of competing with her daughter for the very first time.

Desie Joannides - Athletics

Georges Hall’s Desie Joannides is preparing for an assault on the Australian Masters Games in Geelong this October, taking on the challenging half marathon she was told she would never do.

Heather Lee - Race Walking

86-year-old race walker Heather Lee is preparing for an assault on the Australian Masters Games in Geelong next month and is looking to break some world records in the process.

Sparky Marquis - Karting

Over 8,000 people are expected to descend on Geelong this October for the 14th Australian Masters Games, and Pasadena winery owner, Sparky Marquis will be one.

Mandy McDonald - Rowing

East Keilor’s Mandy McDonald is preparing for an assault on the Australian Masters Games in Geelong this October, just two years after taking up the sport of rowing to fill the void of her two children moving out of home.

Lynne McGregor - Cycling

Over 8,000 participants are expected to descend on Geelong this October for the 14th Australian Masters Games, and Albion Park’s Lynne McGregor (66) will be one.

Veronica Micich - Cycling

Kew’s Veronica Micich is preparing for an assault on the Australian Masters Games in Geelong this October, hoping for a clean sweep of cycling medals in just her second masters competition.

Dawn Nelson-Furnell - Archery

Crib Point’s Dawn Nelson-Furnell is preparing for an assault on the Australian Masters Games in Geelong this October, hoping to show the form that took her to the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

Catherine Ortlieb - Hockey

Over 8,000 participants are expected to descend on Geelong this October for the 14th Australian Masters Games, and Forest Hill’s Catherine Ortlieb will be one.

Lorraine Page - Netball

Over 8,000 participants are expected to descend on Geelong this October for the 14th Australian Masters Games, and Golden Bay’s Lorraine Page will be one.

Peter Rogers - Baseball

Wantirna’s Peter Rogers is preparing for an assault on the Australian Masters Games in Geelong this October when he lines up in the baseball competition for the Melbourne Thunder.

Mercedas Taaffe - Boxing

Over 8,000 participants are expected to descend on Geelong this October for the 14th Australian Masters Games, and Darwin’s Mercedas Taaffe will be one.

Andrew Wanke - Softball

Langwarrin’s Andrea Wanke is preparing for an assault on the Australian Masters Games in Geelong this October, and she won’t be alone when she takes to the softball field with three of her sisters.

Andrew Wilcox - Athletics

Over 8,000 participants are expected to descend on Geelong this October for the 14th Australian Masters Games, and Lower Templestowe’s Andrew Wilcox will be one.

Peter Williams - Baseball

Over 8,000 people are expected to descend on Geelong this October for the 14th Australian Masters Games, and Wantirna’s Peter Williams will be one.

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