On track for Masters

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Sport -

MORE than 4000 ath­letes are ex­pected to de­scend on WA for the World Masters Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships to be held in Perth next year.

Last Mon­day marked ex­actly one year be­fore the tour­na­ment kicks off, which is set to be held in the Ern Clark Ath­letic Cen­tre in Can­ning­ton, as well as the WA Ath­let­ics Sta­dium in Mt Clare­mont.

The WA ath­let­ics sta­dium will be the main sta­dium and will fea­ture track events up to 3000m steeple­chase, as well as jumps and throws.

Ern Clark will be used for the 10,000m and 5000m run and walk events, as well as some throws.

There will also be a marathon and half marathon run around the banks of the Swan River.

It is the first time Perth will hold the cham­pi­onships in its 41year his­tory, with Mel­bourne (1987) and Bris­bane (2001) the only other Aus­tralian ci­ties to have pre­vi­ously held it.

One ath­lete who will be com­pet­ing is 83-year-old run­ner and Bic­ton res­i­dent David Carr.

Carr is now re­tired af­ter pre­vi­ously work­ing as a high school prin­ci­pal and teacher in the south­east­ern sub­urbs of WA.

Even at 83, he still keeps fit and won four events in Lyon in France at this year’s world cham­pi­onships.

“I would run six days per week, and I go to the gym as well,” he said. “We are so lucky to have it here (in WA); the home ground ad­van­tage is won­der­ful.”

World Masters Ath­let­ics pres­i­dent Stan­ley Perkins said he was ex­cited to bring the cham­pi­onships to Perth.

“You’re never too old to do masters ath­let­ics, you can only be too young,” he said.

“The in­ter­est in peo­ple com­ing from around the world to Perth sur­prised me,” he said.

More than 4000 ath­letes and 3000 sup­port­ers will at­tend, with two-thirds of them ex­pected to be in­ter­na­tional.

Fran­cis Curro

Pic­ture: Stew­art Scott from Clip Me­dia

Marathon run­ner John Gil­mour, walker Lyn Ven­tris and mid­dle-dis­tance run­ner David Carr.

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