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Australia’s oldest wallaby turns 100

Australia’s Oldest Wallaby, Peninsula-local Eric Tweedale has turned 100, with a birthday celebration held at Club Umina on May 18 to celebrate all of his incredible achievements and counting.

Liesl Tesch with centenarian Eric Tweedale.

4 June 2021

 

ERIC Tweedale was a star athlete, pursing cricket and rugby union, where he was successful in competing in the iconic Wallabies team against the All Blacks back in 1949.

 

Liesl Tesch MP, Member for Gosford says she was thrilled to award the Wallaby legend with his birthday certificate.

 

“We are so lucky to have someone who has contributed so much to Australia, living right here in our community.

 

“Between his time as a Wallaby, his lifelong dedication to developing Rugby in Australia, his service in the Navy in WWII and impressive charitable efforts, there is no doubt that Eric has set a very high standard for his fellow Australians.

 

“It was excellent to be able to wish Eric a happy birthday, and present him with a certificate of congratulations on behalf of all Gosford residents.”

 

After a long career in Rugby Union and a long list of achievements, in 1990 Eric decided to make the move and call the Central Coast his home.

 

The oldest living Wallaby player comes with great wisdom with Eric being asked to help choose the new Australian jersey colour, still holding his legendary status despite playing rugby for Australia 72 years ago.

 

Ms Tesch says it’s an honour for this Wallaby chose the beautiful Peninsula to call home.

 

“We are so privileged to have one of the absolute Aussie greats living right here on our incredible Woy Woy Peninsula, and it’s great to hear that Eric is just one of 11 centenarians living at Peninsula Villages," said Ms Tesch.

 

“As a passionate sport supporter and player myself, I know the youngsters of the Central Coast and looking up to people like Eric and aspiring to reach his level, and for us oldies, his age."

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