Happy 95th Birthday John Newton - Australia's oldest shuttler?

Updated: Nov 21, 2019

This article was written by guest contributor David Ginsbourg, a member of Central Badminton Association and the coach and coordinator of a Tuesday Seniors Group.

IS JOHN THE OLDEST REGULAR PLAYER IN AUSTRALIA? John Newton turned 95 last week and is still playing regularly in a Tuesday Seniors Group at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre and a Thursday Group in Clayton. Moreover, John travels up to Noosa and plays in a local group every winter!

A short while ago, John contracted pneumonia and thought it was the end of his playing days. But he has recovered and playing as well as ever.

John and his wife (who passed away a few years ago) started playing in Sandringham in the 1940s and never stopped! Watching him play now, his game seems to have improved and got more “cunning” with clever use of drop shots!

Amazingly, John rides a Kawasaki motorbike - even in summer! He also entertains everyone with good jokes and tall stories!

Keep it going, John, you are an inspiration to us all!

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