20 October 2017
One of the busiest competitors in Tasmania’s North West over the coming week will be country netball star Lindy Singleton who is entered in duathlon, cycling and basketball at her eighth Masters Games.
The 52-year-old, who now lives in Port Melbourne in Victoria, travelled on the ferry to Tasmania with partner Garry Belford as they continue their Masters Games tradition that dates back to 2001.
Initially she was in four events, but the netball team had to pull out because of injuries.
“I’m lucky I’ve still got my duathlon and road ride to do and then I’ll play basketball with some Adelaide girls so it’s all good,” Singleton said.
“I know, we could just walk out the front door and drive the car across the road and into the boat (Spirit of Tasmania), it was quite easy.
“We’ll get out to a few of the nights out, it’s a big week and we also plan to do a bit of sight-seeing.
“At the moment we are driving to the caves in Penguin after we get to Leven Canyon and Cradle Mountain.”
Singleton is a big name in the country netball leagues and two years ago was the first female inducted into the Ovens and Murray Football and Netball League Hall of Fame for her contribution to the game.
“I moved to Melbourne to play state league and when they introduced the netball into the football league up there they asked me to come home and coach,” Singleton said.
“So, I ended up coaching four country clubs over a 15-year period, so traveling from Melbourne every weekend.
“I won a few club and league best and fairest awards, and really enjoyed my playing and coaching career.”
Since her serious netball playing days finished she has also competed in half marathons, the Run for the Kids and pedalled 200km on the bike for the Ride to Conquer Cancer.
“We were going to do the half marathon but thought we’d rest up for the Masters and run the 10K,” Singleton said of the Melbourne Marathon festival held last weekend.
“I did a personal best and got in just under the hour.
“We started triathlons last summer because I’m sort of retired from netball, we did a full summer of triathlons which was fun.”
More than 10,000 athletes and spectators will come together in Adelaide in 2019 for the 17th Australian Masters Games.
Tasmania’s North West has put on a show during eight days of memorable Australian Masters Games action, according to Games general manager Scott Wade.
It is impressive for anyone to take up a sport in their later years and compete as a Masters athlete, but starting out as a gymnast at the age of 60 is a remarkable achievement by Alexander Beernink.