Your greatest sporting moment

As our athletes competed for Olympic and Paralympic glory in Tokyo, we thought it timely to celebrate some sporting achievements closer to home.

So we asked our clients, volunteers, supporters and staff to tell us about one of their more memorable sporting moments.

Whether you achieved fame, a pat on the back or had an amusing or embarrassing sporting anecdote, we wanted to know.

We had a great response covering a variety of activities and pastimes. Enjoy this selection of submissions, which will soon be available as a booklet.

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Shirley Strickland’s in my garage!

Eleven year-old Tina Mulholland was hitting a tennis ball in her garage. She turned to see Olympic gold medalist, Shirley Strickland, standing in the driveway.  Tina’s hurdling lesson

Irritating neighbours in the name of tennis

As a young boy keen on tennis, John Bailey’s neighbours found him really annoying, hitting tennis balls against their walls and “irritating them no end”.  John bounces back

I want to be like Torvill & Dean

At the age of seven, Jo Goch went to an ice skating party and was instantly hooked. By the time she turned 15, international competition beckoned.  Jo’s skating journey


Wearing the green and gold

Nine year-old Charlie and his sister, six year-old Emilia, really got in the spirit of the Olympic games, keen to support their Olympic heroes.  Charlie and Emilia zoom in style

Our million metre swimmer

In August 2010, Bruce Sweeting clocked a personal milestone – swimming one million metres in masters competition.  Bruce graduates from ‘Shivering Sharks’

Connecting with royalty through table tennis

Little did Hayedeh Riahi know that a trip to Tehran for a national high school table tennis championship would result in a photo with the Queen.  Hayedeh meets the Queen

Who can do the most burpees?

Unable to do exercise classes in lockdown, our Social Support Coordinator, Johanna Lawrence, decided to set up a gym in the office.  Working out with Jo

Challenging the dress code

When Clare Wagstaff got ‘a bit vocal’ about the dress code and the old-fashioned rules at her bowling club, they decided to make her club President.  Challenging the code

My Steven Bradbury moment

Aged 4, Melanie Corner says her sporting career peaked at her school’s sports day. Mel’s favourite, the skipping race, is etched in her memory.  Gold star performance

Melbourne Olympics Scout Leader

Tom Miles’s father, Brian, was part of the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. He led the scouts, who helped out at the medal presentations.  Scout Leader Brian

Karate’s Team Australia, with a few ring-ins

In 1992, Graham O’Hearn lead an Australian karate team to the All Japan championships. But appearances can be deceiving.  Karate ring-ins

Poetry in motion

Tess Tims may not be able to jump, throw or kick, or swing a racquet, but she really does hit it out of the park when it comes to word play.  Poetry in motion

Making friends on the water

When Ginie Udy went kayaking in Florida, she was looking forward to making new friends. But one encounter was a little too close for comfort.  Curious croc eyes off Ginie