Lifelong Friendship through Sport
First time Badminton coordinator Lyn Ansell was sick of missing out on being involved with the Alice Springs Masters Games;
“I was a teacher so I couldn’t get time off work.”
So Lyn took matters into her own hands and retired so that she could coordinate the Badminton competition in 2016, alongside co-coordinator Jacob Koshy (both pictured above).
Lyn started playing Badminton 43 years ago as an 18 year old in Cranbourne, Victoria. In 1987 she moved to Alice Springs and played in the 1988 Alice Springs Masters Games. In 1990 she met Kay Coady at the Games when they teamed up together to win a bronze medal.
Kay is a long-time international Badminton coach, player and official whose sporting career highlights, include working at the Sydney 2000 Olympics and Paralympics and as a chair umpire at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games.
Kay says that playing in the Alice Springs Masters Games launched her into a successful Masters’ career where she has travelled across the world competing in the World Masters Games. She has won various medals and is looking to defend her title at the 2017 World Masters in New Zealand.
Even after all her successes Kay enjoys Masters Competition because as she says;
“It’s not just about competing, more about having a go.”
Kay loves coming to the Alice Springs Masters Games and does a great job promoting the event in Melbourne where she lives.
“My excuse is to get away from my husband!”
It’s wonderful that the Alice Springs Masters Games has resulted in such a fantastic friendship between these ladies spanning nearly 20 years.
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