Ian has that golden glow
GOLD wasn’t even on his radar when 72-year-old New Norfolk man Ian Beecroft went to Burnie for the 2017 Australian Masters Games.
But that’s exactly what he returned with after a twomatch campaign in the over- 70 men’s tennis competition.
Mr Beecroft was paired with 70-year-old Sydney man Tony Lesznski after his intended partner fell ill.
The duo played two matches, winning the first with a tie-breaker and the second fairly comfortably.
“After the game we went up to get the results from the organisers thinking we might have a chance to play in the finals or the play offs but he said you’ve just won the gold,” Mr Beecroft said.
He also competed in the mixed doubles with Burniebased partner Heather Walmsley. The pair did not place in the mixed competition, which had more than 15 teams competing.
Mr Beecroft said the Australian Masters Games — which attracted about 5000 competitors — was a wonderful event and compared it to “the Olympic Games for old people”.
“It highlights that you can stay very healthy in old age and still do all the things in the games,” he said.
Some of the events in the week-long competition included judo, sailing, volleyball, basketball, BMX, soccer and futsal.
“It just proves that the stigma of old age isn’t really there if you want to go out and keep moving around,” Mr Beecroft said.
Tennis is his main form of exercise — he plays up to four times a week.
“I tell everyone that I don’t have private health insurance — I play tennis,” he said.