It's safe to say Tasmania's Geraldine Brown has done it all when it comes to the world of badminton.
Yet her recent recognition of an Order of Australia medal still came as a shock to the West Tamar local following years of service to the sport.
With a list of achievements as long as the Flemington straight spanning from local to global, Brown has been able to make the transition from player to administrator in a highly successful manner, fulfilling the role of Badminton World Federation vice-president since 2013.
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Formerly president of Badminton Australia, the passionate lover of the sport now sits atop of Badminton Oceania's board and despite not being able to spend much time in her home state, wouldn't have it any other way.
"After the Australian international tournament, I go to Samoa in July then Basel in Switzerland for the world para and individual championships and BWF meetings and then in October I go to Kiel for another BWF meeting and hopefully that's the end of my work for the year," Brown said.
"The good thing about it is the meetings are always at the top tournaments in the world and being a badminton person, that's a benefit for me. So I don't mind the meetings when it means I see the best players in the world."
Quick to downplay her own achievements on the court, Brown is an 11-time Tasmanian representative, making her a member of the Turner-Wylie club as someone who has achieved the honour more than 10 times.
Adding to the prestigious honour, Brown also represented Victoria on multiple occasions, won Tasmanian and Australian junior titles but classified her Tasmanian senior titles alongside Darren Young as some of her finest moments.
"I won Tasmanian titles with Jane Hyland and Darren Young and won with Darren, who was a very good mixed player and we did very well, we won about 10 or 12 Tasmanian titles.
"I was also in the Australian team four times and won two ladies doubles for Australia and then went onto play Masters Games and had a very good time so badminton has gone from 15 when I got into my first team and I'm still playing now."
In addition to her Order of Australia Medal, Brown received the OSFO merit award from the Organisation of Sports Federations of Oceania for her outstanding contribution to the game, yet another surprise for the unassuming West Tamar resident.
But it was the higher honour of the Order of Australia medal that left her truly stunned.
"I was blown away when I got email that said 'you've been nominated and do you accept the award?' and when they sent it I was quite surprised and it was a very honoured feeling because you don't be involved for the awards, you're involved because you love the sport.
"I love playing and I met a lot of friends and am still friends with people who I met when I was 17 so badminton is very good like that. You get lots of friends and you keep them from all over the world."
With years of national and international experience under her belt, including time as the Olympic team manager, not many others in the badminton community are as qualified as Brown to speak on the future of the sport in Australia, which she believes is in good hands.
"We just competed in the Sudirman Cup in Nanjing and we were second in our group.
"The Sudirman Cup has different levels and we are in level three and we came second in that, beating Nepal Ireland and New Zealand so we are doing quite well with a very young team.
"On the world stage we have a ladies doubles pair who is hopefully going to get to the Olympics and a ladies and men's singles who will hopefully get the Olympics in the qualifying year.
We will hopefully have our maximum number of five at the Olympics, which we did in Rio and we have no one in our side over the age of 25, so the future is looking good in Australia."