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93-Year-Old Sailor to Make Australian Masters Games Debut

14 July 2017

93-Year-Old Sailor to Make Australian Masters Games Debut

Photo by MATHEW FARRELL, The Mercury

With 100 days to go until the 16th Australian Masters Games in Tasmania's North West  October 21-28, we introduce you to the oldest participant entered to date. 
For interesting stories about participants from around the country please contact the Games  Media and Communications Manager, Christy LaPlante on 0439 246 489, or  at  to see if there are any stories in your area.  

Tasmanian sailor Ted Moule will make his Games debut at the age of 93.
Ted, currently a sprightly  92-year-old, will celebrate his birthday just before the Games and was encouraged to sign up by friends at the Derwent Sailing Squadron, the Hobart base for Sailability, a non-profit group which allows people of all abilities to safely participate in the sport of sailing.
An English-born retiree, Ted came to Australia in 1958, first being based in Sydney, continuing on from his post-war job as an engineer for International Computers back in the UK.
He was installing the large electro-mechanical punch card, used as the primary medium for the input of programs and data in the early digital computers.
After he was offered a position to work in Sydney, a year later his job brought him to Hobart when he installed the first computer in Tasmania and stayed on as the resident engineer.
Moule was born in 1924, the same year Stanley Bruce was the Prime Minister of Australia and J. Edgar Hoover was chosen as the fifth director of the US Bureau of Investigation.
He first started in the dinghies over at Austins Ferry in Hobart along the River Derwent with his first boat aptly named ‘Submariner’ as he spent most of his trips in the water.
Since then he has swapped the yacht for a 2.4 keelboat to sail solo after his family moved away from Hobart and recently competed at the 2017 Sailability National Championships in Geelong.
His favourite race has always been the Pipe Opener, a race on Friday night in September that kicks off the summer of sailing and a great training race just before the Games.
Moule is still very active and likes to do at least one sporting activity every day.
“I played table tennis today, played golf yesterday and sailed on Sunday so that’s three good days,” he laughed.
“Tomorrow I’m playing table tennis again.
“Yeah, I try to do something every day, I refuse to sit and watch the TV until the evening, so I go and do something in the workshop.”
He has been in dinghies and yachts around the state since the 1960s and now based in Hobart regularly gets out on the water as a member of his local squadron.
Moule had the option of selecting from a few sports but jumped at the opportunity for another chance to get in the boat.
“When I came out from London outside of work it was golf, table tennis and a bit of sailing – that was about it for me,” Moule said.
“Well the guys down at Sailability know I try to get into everything and they suggested I go in the Masters.
“I joined a couple of weeks later.”
His trip to Tasmania’s North West is already organised and Moule is very much looking forward to being a part of the Games and has aspirations to take his talent to the world stage.
“I’m looking forward to just being there, getting involved and the competition – next year I hope to go to Japan and sail there, they have got a thing on for Sailability next year,” he said.
But the World Masters Games seems a bridge too far…
“Nah, I wouldn’t go to World Masters Games, too many old people there.”

Australian Masters Game snapshot:


Saturday, 21 October – Saturday, 28 October 2017


Tasmania’s North West, across nine local Council areas, including Burnie City, Circular Head, Central Coast, Devonport City, Kentish, King Island, Latrobe, Waratah/Wynyard and West Coast.


Approximately 5,000 people from across Australia and overseas. The event is open to anyone who meets the age requirements of their sport of choice. It does not impose qualifying standards and welcomes participants from all over the world. The only criteria to compete in the Australian Masters Games is you must meet the minimum age criteria which in most sports is 30 years.


A week-long festival of sport and festivities. Australia’s largest regular multi-sport Games will feature 40 plus sports, ranging from lawn bowls to softball to touch football. Visit for the list of sports.


As well as an extensive sporting schedule, the Australian Masters Games will also comprise a variety of social events throughout the week, including an Opening Ceremony in Devonport and after party in Burnie, providing a uniquely Tasmanian festival throughout the region for visitors and local communities of Tasmania’s North West.

Media enquiries regarding the 16th Australian Masters Games can be directed to:

Christy LaPlante
Games Media and Communications
T:  03 9822 7110 or 0439 246 489

Scott Wade
Games General Manager
T: (03) 6433 8445 or 0400 219 203



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