Sophie Fox - 7 October 2015
For thousands of participants in the Australian Masters Games, age is just a number – and that’s exactly what it is to Theresa Van Heuzen, goal shooter for the “Canberra Classics” netball team and the Games’ oldest netballer.
Seventy six year old Van Heuzen is a shining example of making life one worth living. After migrating from Holland to Australia in 1953 when she was 15 years old, Van Heuzen joined the school basketball team. Fast forward twenty-six years to 1979, and Van Heuzen’s passion for netball began.
After playing on a team with her four daughters whilst they were at school, Van Heuzen and some team mates, formed the “Canberra Classics” in 2001. They took part in their first Australian Masters Games a year later.
“It’s something exciting to do every year, a chance to all get together,” Van Heuzen said. “We heard about the Masters Games and thought, well let’s go and give it a try!”
The Games provide a platform through which adult Australians can compete, socialise and enjoy sport, which promotes a strong sense of team unity.
With her fellow team mates coming from all walks of life, Van Heuzen says that what she loves most about playing netball is the companionship that accompanies it.
“We have been together for a long time. We play together every week at home, and we’ll usually go out for coffee afterwards too.”
The “Canberra Classics” team has had a successful netball journey, winning six gold medals, five silver medals and six bronze medals in the Australian Masters Games over the years.
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