Masters thrilled with home-ground ad­van­tage

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Driveway -

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

Oc­to­ber 26 marked ex­actly one year be­fore the tour­na­ment kicks off, with com­pe­ti­tion at 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 host the 3000m steeple­chase as well as jumps and throws.

The Ern Clark cen­tre 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 host the cham­pi­onships in its 41-year his­tory, with Mel­bourne (1987) and Bris­bane (2001) the only other Aus­tralian ci­ties to have pre­vi­ously hosted the event.

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

Carr is now re­tired af­ter pre­vi­ously work­ing as a high school prin- cipal and teacher in the south-east­ern sub­urbs.

He is in top form, win­ning four events at this year’s world cham­pi­onships in Lyon in France.

“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.

The event is ex­pected to at­tract more than 4000 ath­letes and 3000 sup­port­ers.

Tourism WA ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of events Gwyn Dol­phin said it would be great to show Perth and Aus­tralia to the world.

The cham­pi­onships are open to any ath­lete aged 35 and over and there are no en­try stan­dards.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to www.perth2016.com.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d446074

Hula-hoop­ing coach Bree Kirk-Burn­nand will at­tempt to break the Guin­ness World Record on Thurs­day.

Pic­ture: Stew­art Scott, Clip Me­dia

Marathon run­ner John Gil­mour, walker Lyn Ven­tris and mid­dle-dis­tance run­ner David Carr are look­ing for­ward to the world cham­pi­onships next year.

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