Thursday, March 29, 2012

2nd last training session before the team leaves for Tasmania

Dear friends and readers

Tonight was another closed door training for the team. The time is drawing close for the departure to cold Tasmania.

My wife has been buying different kinds of beanies for the boys especially Tyzton who has little hair thanks to his Shave for a Cure.

Kay has been busy with last minute preparations and instructions for the team. She did manage to give me a copy of her impressive resume after I had requested the same from her weeks ago.

Modest as she is, you never can find out much info on her from a Google search as her achievements are pre the internet.

If you dig a bit deeper, you will find that she has quite a record in badminton.

She represented Australia in 3 Commonwealth Games and 2 Uber Cups from 1966 to 1975.  In 1966 I was only 5 years old.

She won numerous gold medals in the World Masters Games and the Australian Masters Games.

She has been an Australia's Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles Champion for over 6 years from 1964.  She was WA's champion for many many years in all 3 categories.

Her crowning glory must be that she was awarded the Member of the British Empire Medal for her contribution to sports.

The Medal of the Order of the British Empire for Meritorious Service, usually known as the British Empire Medal (BEM), is a British medal awarded for meritorious civil or military service worthy of recognition by the Crown.

In fact she is to be addressed as Kay Terry MBE because of her British Empire Medal. Not many persons in Australia can claim an MBE.

So for the kids in the team who thinks Kay is a bit pushy and demanding, well , she knows what she is doing. It is not easy to be a champion and Kay's pedigree shows she knows what is needed to get there.

So when Kay MBE says "Jump", you kids have to say "How high? Kay MBE".

I am sure I will get to know Kay better in Tasmania. Good night.

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