CDU staff compete for gold at Arafura Games 


Three well known Charles Darwin University personalities will be competing at the Territory’s biggest international multi-sport event, the 2007 Arafura Games.

Palmerston campus administrator, Nyree Terry, senior exams officer, Natasha Munns, and coordinator-lecturer commercial and Asian cookery, Ty Lee, will all be competing in the games, which have attracted over 2,500 athletes from more than 30 countries.

Nyree, the oldest athlete in the NT athletics contingent, will be competing in both discus and hammer-throw.

Natasha will be competing in one of the games main attratctions, netball, while Ty involved in the fast paced action of table tennis.

At 50, Nyree is often double the age of her much younger competitors but believes age should never be considered a barrier when taking part in competitive sports.

‘I love being involved in competitive sports such as the Arafura Games and still harbor the killer instinct inside of me through top level competition.

‘I thoroughly enjoy competing against much younger athletes and observing their talents and abilities first hand,’ she said.

Nyree will be competing in the hammer throw tonight and in the discus event on Thursday. She will then retire from open competition but will remain involved in masters competitions and with high level track and field coaching at a national level.

Running this week from 12 to 19 May, the 2007 Arafura Games is one of the highlights of the Territory’s sporting calendar.

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