Myrtle Olive Boate was born at Numeralla on 18 January 1918 and only a few years after that commenced playing tennis.
Myrtle does not regard herself as a great tennis player but with her game of wits she could always worry good players. Others say she is one of the gamest players ever to grace the courts at the NSW Country Week Tennis Carnivals and at the age of 78 is still playing and play well. She did not attend her first Country Week until 1954 but has not missed one year since that time.
This means that Myrtle has now played in 42 consecutive years at White City. During that time she has played in every Division l starting in A Grade, which is now Division One, and has won Country Week eight times. Because of her long association with Country Week special presentations have been made to Myrtle firstly to celebrate 30 years of continuous playing and latterly to celebrate 40 years of playing. For the first six years, Myrtle played with the Berrima Team in A Grade but dropped back to B Grade when Monaro formed a team in the late 1950’s.
Country Week has not only been Myrtle’s interest in tennis as she has had much success right throughout New South Wales and Victoria. Some of these successes include:
Won Monaro District Singles six years in succession – the only time she entered.
Won Cobargo Open Singles six years in succession.
Won Bermagui Open Singles three years in succession to win the O’Shea Cup outright.
Won the Bega Open Singles.
Myrtle has won a trophy from every place she has played but not every tournament she has played in.
Myrtle has also been President and Secretary at different times of the Monaro Hardcourt Tennis Association and has played in every competition since the Association was formed in 1957.
In 2015, at the age of 97, Myrtle is still playing tennis at local level.