Original Master Back for More

One of the Alice Springs Masters Games original athletes may have hung up her badminton racquet but she’s still involved with the sport as part of this year’s event.

Jean Terbeth was the sport coordinator for the inaugural Games and said she felt flattered to present the medals for the badminton teams event yesterday.

“I love the idea of masters’ sport – the camaraderie of playing sport and the friends you make,” she said.

“I am close to 80 now but I can’t play as it’s not good when someone has to bend down to pick up the shuttlecock for you!”

Ms Terbeth said she had fond memories of the 1986 Games.

“We didn’t know what to expect for those first Games but we had a lot of fun,” she said.

“I had to do the results, the media and was up until the wee small hours of the morning getting the draw finalised without a computer.

“At the time we were were only a small club so I was doing sports med as well.

“I was lucky we had a nurse on our team and there was a doctor playing so we had professional help if anything happened.”

Ms Terbeth said that for the first Games there was no stipulation on the number of age groups people played in.

“Obviously there were mistakes with people down to play on two courts at the same time,” she said.

“We didn’t have a canteen as we didn’t know what we needed, so committee members had to rush out and buy what we needed and make sandwiches.

“After the first Games we knew what we were doing so things were better organised.”

Ms Terbeth was involved in the next couple of Games, helping out where she could, before leaving Alice Springs for 14 years.

She returned nine years ago to be with her grandchild when her daughter Marianne had a baby.

And she was back helping out with the badminton when the Games came around again.

After the Darwin Association took on the coordination of the past two Games, the Alice Springs Association has stepped up to run them again – an effort Ms Terbeth welcomed and paid tribute to.

“Lyn Ansell is doing a great job this year, as have the past coordinators,” she said.