Glad’s still great on the tennis court

Three sets of doubles two times a week at the Cundletown courts is just one feature of Glad's impressive exercise regime. At 89 years old, Glad attributes her fitness to a very active and exciting life on the move.
Three sets of doubles two times a week at the Cundletown courts is just one feature of Glad's impressive exercise regime. At 89 years old, Glad attributes her fitness to a very active and exciting life on the move.

It’s not every day you meet a sprightly 89-year-old who has the capacity to wipe the tennis court clean with just about anyone who steps up to take her on. Glad Fernley not only does this twice a week, but she barely breaks a sweat doing it.

"It’s all about hitting the ball where your opponent isn’t, like in chess,” she explained.

Alongside her tennis commitments, Glad spends a lot of time in the garden and walks her dog for an hour every day.

“I’ve always been active, I just can’t imagine why people don’t want to be active, it doesn’t make sense to me.” Glad said.

The fierce sporting determination is a gene Glad passed on to daughter Robyn, who captained the Australian hockey team in the 1984 Olympics. 

To mark her 89 years of determination, overcoming obstacles, acing opponents and making the most of every moment, Glad’s story features in the next edition of Mid North Coast Now magazine, available with the Manning River Times next Wednesday.