Unley Publications : Unley Life Spring 2014
UNLEYLIFE 31 From the Star Force to Wayville Petra Churcher’s life has taken many turns. From Germany to the elite Star Force, Petra now finds herself as General Manager of financial services firm, ipac sa based on Greenhill Road. The journey to get there however is filled with events many could not dream about. Petra moved to Adelaide from Germany as a child, star ting school without speaking a word of English. Af ter moving back to Germany for a period Petra returned and finished her schooling in Adelaide. She joined the police force and was quickly placed on the front line walking notorious strips such as Hindley Street. In 1983 she was one of only six female officers seconded to the Star Force as par t of Princess Diana’s and Prince Charles VIP Protection unit on their Adelaide visit. Learning how to jump on grenades was one task Petra remembers clearly. Petra was also instrumental in introducing part-time work for working mothers at SAPOL. Petra then did an about turn and joined the financial services sector working her way up to lead her department at National Australia Bank. Today she spends the majority of her time on Greenhill Road managing more than 50 advisers at ipac sa. Petra has since fallen in love with Unley and couldn’t imagine basing ipac sa anywhere else. “Accessibilit y and ser vices, shops and restaurants make Unley a highly attractive place in which to do business. I love how Unley is maintained, not overdeveloped hence maintaining its integrity,” Petra said. John, who is a Life Member of the Clarence Gardens Bowling Club, was recognised for his outstanding ser vice to the sport in May when he was inducted into the Bowls SA Hall of Fame. John’s first taste of bowls was in 1962 when he joined his local club in Mount Gambier. “I was getting a bit old for cricket so I decided to try bowls and it turned out I had a bit of talent for it,” says John. Since then John has continued playing and has volunteered on a club, state and international level. A Life Member of Bowls SA, John has managed many tournaments including the Australian Bowls Carnival in 1983 and the Men’s World Bowls Championships in 1996. John served as the Clarence Gardens Bowling Club Secretary for 10 years and was the Club President from 1974-1975. The 88 year old’s passion for the spor t is still alive and he can be found on the green t wo or three times a week during warmer weather. John’s induction into the Hall of Fame came as a pleasant surprise. “I put a lot of hard work into the management side of bowls,” says John. “ You don’t do it for the recognition but it’s nice when you get it.” Fame on the green Being invited to Kuala Lumpur to coordinate the bowls events for the Commonwealth Games in 1998 is the highlight of John Jenkins five-decade bowls career. Petra Churcher. John Jenkins.
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