Ian Reiher is secretary of the Australian Shuffleboard Association and his sister Marj Govett is president.
Ian Reiher is secretary of the Australian Shuffleboard Association and his sister Marj Govett is president. Crystal Spencer

Shuffleboard siblings score honour

A COOLANGATTA man and his sister have shuffled their way into the world history books.

Australian Shuffleboard Association Queensland president Marj Govett, 76, and secretary Ian Reiher, 74, have been inducted into the International Shuffleboard Hall of Fame in Florida.

The sibling pair, who have been playing locally for 10 years, were honoured for their contribution to international shuffleboarding during a ceremony on October 15.

They arrived back in Australia this week and are already back on the fields in Coolangatta and Elanora.

“It was such a marvellous experience for us. We were so honoured,” Mr Reiher said.

“Playing shuffleboard has been fantastic for us.”

Mrs Govett said she was first introduced to the sport when she relocated to Coolangatta from Melbourne.

Her apartment overlooked the playing field on top of Showcase On The Beach and she enquired about it.

She soon got her brother involved and the two have been playing locally and around the world ever since.

“We didn’t know anyone when we moved up here, but we were immediately welcomed into the shuffleboard group,” Mrs Govett said.

“We have got to make so many friends both here and overseas through it.”

Mrs Govett has represented Australia in six international tournaments and Mr Reiher has played in five.

Mr Reiher was also the international tournament director for a Gold Coast-based tournament last year. More than 100 people from America, Canada, Germany and Japan joined about 100 Australians for the tournament in Elanora.

“It took about a year to organise everything right down to the accommodation,” Mr Reiher said.

“That was one of the main reason we were inducted I think.”

Since its inception in 1993 less than 50 shuffleboarders throughout the world have been inducted into the International Shuffleboard Hall of Fame.

Mrs Govett and Mr Reiher are only the second and third Australians to be initiated.

Both said they would like to see shuffleboard introduced into local school sports.



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