Geoff Simes, of East Lismore, with his gold medal from the Australian Veterans Table Tennis tournament.
Geoff Simes, of East Lismore, with his gold medal from the Australian Veterans Table Tennis tournament. Jacklyn Wagner

Geoff gets his gold at last

AT 82, Geoff Simes is still in tip-top condition.

He spends up to 10 minutes on the bike every day.

And the Lismore Table Tennis Club member's reward for keeping fit was a gold medal at the Australian Veterans competition in Adelaide.

Simes won the over-80 division, where he represented Queensland alongside John Davis.

Simes and Davis defeated a Western Australian president's team five rubbers to nil and then Victoria 4-1 and 3-2.

"To win gold is out of this world," Simes said. "I've won silver in the over-75s singles and two bronze medals, also in the over-75s.

"So this is a highlight for me.

"I keep very fit for my age and I'd like to think I've still got three or four years left in me as a table tennis player," he said yesterday.

Simes has been involved in Far North Coast table tennis since 1957.

"I'm proud of that," he said.

"I love table tennis and it's the only sport I can play now. I used to play a bit of cricket and baseball but I wasn't great at either sport."

Fellow Lismore table tennis players Col Gradwell (over-60) and Simes' wife Anne (over-70) also competed at Adelaide.

Despite his Lismore team's loss to Coffs Harbour away last month, Simes has been invited to participate against Brisbane, Toowoomba and Armidale in the Border Challenge in Armidale on November 12 and 13.

But the East Lismore resident might go only to offer his support.

"I might just go as a spectator, because there are lots of younger people going," he said.

"We'll see how things turn out."
 



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