Proud of new home

JANNE Wells ad­mits it was a bit­ter­sweet feel­ing to leave her home coun­try of Nor­way but she is proud to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia.

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE -

JANNE Wells ad­mits it was a bit­ter­sweet feel­ing to leave her home coun­try of Nor­way but she is proud to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia at the World Mas­ters Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships.

The East Vic­to­ria Park res­i­dent (48) moved to Aus­tralia in 2001 and only 18 months ago be­came an Aus­tralian cit­i­zen, but in do­ing so had to re­voke her Nor­we­gian cit­i­zen­ship.

“It’s a lit­tle bit of a sore point be­cause I still have family over there but life is eas­ier here,” she said.

“Nor­way is a pretty cold place any­way and I’ve got friends here and I feel like I’m con­tribut­ing to the com­mu­nity.”

Mrs Wells fin­ished 7th in the over 45s 5km race walk and will also com­pete in the 10km and 20km race walks at the cham­pi­onships.

“My daugh­ter Kris­tine helped me get into it, she signed up to do Lit­tle Ath­let­ics and I thought I would work out while she trained,” she said.

“I was en­cour­aged by an­other mum to give power walk­ing a go and it’s rolled on from there. I’ve com­peted in a few events this year but this is the big­gest com­pe­ti­tion I’ve signed up for.

“For the past five or six months I’ve been train­ing five days per week with at least two walks of 10km.”

Although she is rep­re­sent­ing her adopted coun­try, Mrs Wells’ Nor­we­gian her­itage was not for­got­ten af­ter Kris­tine car­ried the flag for Nor­way at the open­ing cer­e­mony at El­iz­a­beth Quay.

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d461185

Janne Wells will be tak­ing part in the Mas­ters Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships.

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