Guys & Games Gathering

  • Interested in getting together with other Canberra men living with Parkinson’s?

  • Enjoy games based activities: cards, scrabble, chess, backgammon, boules/bocce or other …?

  • Or perhaps, you are also interested in the odd game of tennis or badminton?

Tim Bennetts and I are both Parkies, members of PACT and long term volunteers at local tennis clubs ... and we also both like games! So we thought it would be good to get together with others with like interests in our local community.

The plan is to meet at the Eastlake Tennis club as a venue - we are currently thinking fortnightly - Thursday mornings at 10am-12 noon with our first get together this coming Thursday, November 26 and again on Thursday, December 10.

If there is enough interest we can then lock in the dates for 2021 - there is, of course, no commitment to come regularly but as suits!

We already have a couple of others interested for this Thursday, so we will hire a court for a 'bit of a hit' of tennis (please bring your own racquet, if wanting to join in) and we will also bring some other games and test the interest and ideas of those who come along on the day over tea/coffee from one of the Manuka cafes.

We expect that as friendships form that conversations will lead naturally to the sharing of information and experiences with Parkinson’s, and the love of games and other common interests. Whilst the venue is a tennis club, and a hit of tennis is one of the options, there is no problem if you prefer other activities or even just want a chat.

Eastlake Tennis Club (47 Flinders Way, Griffith, ACT - see has easy access and parking. Note, though, that there is no disabled/accessible toilet. PACT has public liability insurance and will cover any venue/court costs for this trial usage.

Hoping to see a good roll up this coming Thursday from 10am-12pm!

Any queries please email me at

Martin Pikler