Mrs Anna Turetschek celebrated her 70th birthday in the company of her second family, the Gladstone Gymnastics Club students.
Mrs Anna Turetschek celebrated her 70th birthday in the company of her second family, the Gladstone Gymnastics Club students. Luka Kauzlaric

Contribution celebrated as Mrs T marks 70th birthday

GLADSTONE Gymnastics Club founding member Anna Turetschek has poured her heart and soul into developing the organisation into one of the town's premier sporting clubs.

It is accepted as common knowledge that without Mrs Turetschek, who celebrated her 70th birthday last week, the club would not exist.

Now hosting 780 gymnasts, Mrs T can celebrate the legacy she has been so instrumental in establishing.

Mrs T, as she is known to her students, was presented with bunches of flowers, cake and presents on Friday afternoon in a gesture of appreciation.

"She is an amazing woman," committee member Kerry Anger said.

"You can't pull the wool over her eyes. She really brings out the best in each of the girls."

Aside from her dedication to gymnastics, Mrs T is also a committed community member, volunteering her time as an usher for Friends of the Theatre and acting as a second mother to many of her students.

Health and welfare of children and teens is a primary passion of hers.

"Mrs T is passionate about the health of her kids. She is a great mentor," operations manager Lee Macleod said.

"She is really, really well loved."

When circling the mats to hear responses from the class Mrs T is teaching, each young person echoes praise and affection for their coach.

"She's a happy person to be around, she is helpful, fun and a great coach," they responded in unison.

"We really want to wish her a really happy birthday."



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