Athlete driven on by senior
Watching an 85-year-old tear around the track is all the motivation Matamata’s Kimberley Wells needs to excel at athletics.
Wells, 32, took out four events at the New Zealand Masters Track and Field Championships in February.
As well as taking home medals in the 60, 100, 200 and 400 metre sprints, she also broke all of her personal bests.
A manager at McDonald’s, Wells joined the Lodge Frankton Athletics Club two years ago while recovering from an illness that affected her strength and energy levels.
‘‘I was very weak so I just started working out at home,’’ she said.
‘‘After a while I wanted to get back into sport but I didn’t want to do anything where I would sort of be letting the whole team down.
‘‘I saw athletics and thought I can do this on my own and can just slowly improve myself.
‘‘I turned up for a meeting and I haven’t looked back.’’
The club, which was started 50 years ago, is based at Porritt Stadium and Wells heads over every Tuesday evening for club night. Members of all ages, including an 85- year- old sprinter, support and encourage each other, she said.
Outside the stadium, she spends about five days a week at Evolve Fitness and credits personal trainer Tara Jones with helping her stay on track.
Her fitness journey has even inspired some of her co-workers and she now takes them for boot camp a few times a week.
After such a successful season, Wells has decided to focus on making it to nationals in the highly competitive open age group next summer.