They shot and swung and served and ran and bounced – and the inevitable middle-age aches were all for a good cause when 13 leavers from 1983 took part in the 2016 GPS Gold Challenge on 30 September-1 October.
Held every two years as a major fundraiser for the Red Kite Foundation, the event brings together more than 550 GPS Old Boys who have turned, or are about to turn, 50, for competition in a range of disciplines. On Friday David ‘Ted’ Coupland (78-83) was the equal top-scoring shot at the shooting held at King’s, while at the golf, at Ryde-Parramatta Golf Club, Will Sedgwick (79-83) hit the longest drive.
On Saturday at St Ignatius College Riverview, TAS competed in tennis, touch football, basketball and athletics, while that night at a superb dinner, a representative from each school debated the topic ‘that sport is better than sex’.
A last minute addition was Joe Phanichewa (81-83) who flew in from Bangkok on Saturday morning and managed to fit in a few games of basketball.
Amongst the TAS team was OAU President Graham MacDougall (78-83): “It really was a superb weekend. While many TAS Old Boys were unable to attend this time around, it’s a wonderful few days of I really suggest that all ’85 and ’86 leavers set aside the October long weekend in 2018 for the next one – you won’t be disappointed!” More information and photos of the weekend can be found at www.gpsgoldchallenge.com.au.