Terry Keogh

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Terry was born on the 6th May 1929. He had two brothers and spent his early years in north-west London. World War 2 disrupted his education and he always felt he did achieve his potential academically. He went to Willesden Technical College to study engineering, after one year his tutor remarked that he was ‘not a natural’. Then he trained as a draughtsman, but decided sitting at a drawing board all day was not for him. By this time his growing involvement in sport led him to think of joining the RAF before he was ‘called up’ and was fortunate to get into the PE Branch where he started to ’fly’ in his own way. He was already a known cyclist having achieved success in various championships and became very competitive in field events; javelin, discus, swimming badminton and basketball.

His first tour of duty was in Iraq where he was promoted to Sergeant. Returning to England in 1949, he was posted to RAF Weeton. It was at this point he really began to make his mark in the RAF sporting world. He also met his future wife here and they married in 1951.

He was posted to RAF Locking where he rapidly improved his sporting prowess. Badminton and basketball became his main interest and it was at this stage where he was first selected to play for England. He went to Moscow to play in 1957 and played also in the preliminary rounds for the Olympics in early 1959. After a short posting to RAF Headley Court, he went to Farley and was commissioned in 1960. Posted to RAF Coltishall, he was very involved in Badminton at this point and played Club & County Badminton in Norfolk, also RAF Badminton. After his next posting which was a very happy one in Germany at RAF Gutesloh, he became PFO at RAF Stanmore and decided in 1968 that age was beginning to take its toll and retired from the RAF.

Terry went to Loughborough College and trained as a teacher. After he qualified he returned to Norfolk and taught at Sheringham secondary School for almost three years. Terry then applied for a position at Haverhill Sports Centre where he stayed until he retired in 1990. He was very happy in his last position as he felt he was able to promote sport and still be of value to the sporting world. The next big thing was his interest in the game of Bridge, not as active but he was still very keen to prove himself. He ran the local U3A bridge group for several years.

He was always interested in what was going on in the world and those that knew him will know what I mean when I say he had some very strong opinions! But he was very much loved by his family and friends and very sorely missed.

Added by: Jean Keogh on 3rd October 2011.


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