Two of our masters athletes Beverley Hamilton W73 and Andrew Ward M58 successfully competed at last week’s Oceania’s Masters Athletics Championship in Mackay, Queensland.

Bev, holder of the WATC Dulcie McDonald Womens’s Masters Trophy stepped onto the podium for a gold medal in Discus with a distance of 20.78m. In the Throws Pentathlon she achieved a silver medal with 3320 points.

Bev placed 4th in the Javelin with a throw of 13.62. She was regulated to the 4th position in Weight Throw with the same distance as the bronze medalist with a throw of 9.75m.

“In most of my events I was the only Aussie amongst a swag of Kiwis” Bev said.

Andrew Ward said distance-wise, his performances were mostly a little below his best.

“My technique was a bit rusty since the competition was out of season. The exception was Weight Throw, with personal bests reflecting strength gains since last season.”

Andrew stepped onto the podium to collect a silver medal in Weight Throw with a throw of 11.35m. “My previous PB was 10.80m.”

He received his second silver medal in Discus with a throw of 31.48m. In Hammer Andrew threw 26.57m and collected a bronze medal.

“In Javelin I threw 31.17m for the 4th position and in Shot Put I managed a 8.59m again getting 4th.”

His medal tally continued in the Throws Pentathlon where he received 2508 points for another silver medal, “I messed up hammer with two fouls so I did a standing throw in third round for safety.” Another highlight was another PB in Weight Throw, with 11.41m.

We want to congratulate both our Masters athletes for a very successful Oceania and wish them all the best for this coming season.