Sport a way of life and a career
HILDA Lillian Brooks (nee Troedson) was one of a select band of teaching graduates who were chosen to conduct schools of instruction in teaching physical education (PE) for classroom teachers in metropolitan and country schools in Queensland. She had completed a diploma in PE during World War II and had attended a school of instruction at Ascot State School, Brisbane, that aimed to give teachers the knowledge and skills to teach PE to their classes.
Teachers were instructed to conduct PE activities commen- surate with a child’s age and development in a happy, recreational atmosphere.
This reflected a philosophy of individual development through movement, and movement as a medium for the development of personal and social skills. Hilda was committed to these values of PE.
Hilda was the youngest child of Lillian and Theodore Troedson (the name is of Swedish origin). She attended the Brisbane Central Practical Primary School and later Brisbane Girls Grammar school. Hilda had a love of sport and had par- ticipated in swimming, athletics, hockey and netball while at school. Golf ultimately became her sporting passion.
After obtaining her diploma from the University of Queensland, Hilda moved to the Mackay District where she instructed teachers from schools from St Lawrence to Proserpine on teaching primary school PE.
She returned to Brisbane to continue in the role of PE education instructor to classroom teachers. An article from The Courier-Mail of 1945 details her nomination as an entrant in the Miss Australia contest. The ar- ticle mentions her prowess at swimming, netball and softball and in it she expresses a wish to have a diplomatic career.
Hilda did not become a diplomat but her dream to travel overseas was realised more than 40 years later. She put her time and energy into teaching students and coaching sports teams.
In 1958, Hilda married Peter Cardno Brooks. They had two children; Caroline and Peter Cardno Junior.
Hilda was always interested in politics. This interest had been passed to her by her mother, Lillian, who was active as president and treasurer of the Queensland League of Women Voters. In 1974, Hilda stood as a National Party candidate for the Brisbane seat of Ashgrove obtaining an impressive 21 per cent of the vote in a metropolitan seat. She continued to be active well into her 80s, golfing, playing bridge and completing crossword puzzles.
She had always championed PE for all students, a legacy that is continued through her family with Caroline, a PE teacher and advocate.
HILDA LILLIAN BROOKS Physical education teacher Born April 9,1924, Brisbane Died October 15, 2018, Brisbane