Age proves no barrier
TENNIS: From the time he was three-years-old, Brad Hubbard could more often than not be found out by his garage, tennis racquet in hand, hitting ball after ball at a wall.
Fifty years on and that blossoming passion for tennis hasn't gone away.
It's only matured to accruing a number of sporting accomplishments and preparing to compete in the 2019 Australian Senior Championships.
For the second year in a row, Chinchilla's Hubbard has been selected as one of five players in the first of two over 50's Queensland teams. He is set to compete in the teams and individual events of the championships.
"They will be in Shepparton, Victoria this time on real grass which is a surface that really suits the way I play,” Hubbard said.
"I'm feeling pretty confident... it'll sort of be like my own little version of Wimbledon.”
The high school teacher only got back into playing tennis when he was 38 and, despite some major health issues keeping him off the court for a few years, has continued to rise up the ranks.
"For the state my doubles ranking is 15 and my singles ranking is 28 in Australia,” he said humbly.
"Although I think I enjoy playing the game more than actually winning.”
It is this enjoyment that Hubbard said sprouted from his parents love of the game and will propel him into the future.
"Mum's 80 and Dad's 77 and they still play tennis three days a week,” he said.
"It sounds silly to say but I think I'm playing better now than when I was 20.
"I just want to keep improving and enjoying it.”