Ath­lete driven on by se­nior

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport - By NI­COLA STE­WART

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.

ni­cola.ste­wart@wrcn.co.nz

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