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Rivers of Gold flow in WA

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Despite being hamstrung by the tyranny of distance, five of our Masters’ athletes ventured to Perth for the World Masters’ Championships held on 26 October to 6 November.

Our athletes’ returns were nothing short of amazing.


One of our newer members Belinda Martin competed in an incredible six events ranging from 800m to the half marathon.

Covering distances that would constitute further than most of us go for our holidays, Belinda won no less than six individual gold medals and two team gold medals to complete a Michael Phelps like performance. In order of distance Belinda’s gold medals were:

·         800m – Gold - 2.16.76

·         1500m – Gold - 4.35.10

·         5000m – Gold - 17.23.59

·         8000m Cross Country – Gold- 29.18.03 (+Team Gold)

·         10000m – Gold- 36.32.78

·         Half Marathon – Gold - 1:21.22 (+ Team Gold)

Belinda’s feats were closely followed another of our middle distance athletes,Robyn Basman. Robyn returning to the track after a spate of injuries, won the following medals over the course of the meet:

·         1500m  - Gold  - 5.07.89

·         5000m – Silver - 19.21.59

·         Half Marathon – Gold - 1:30.45

In the sprints Natasha Hughes won:

·         100m – Bronze -  12.34

This time would be victorious in many Open Saturday afternoon competitions.

Our family of throwers also performed with aplomb.

Audrey Thomson, clearly the better half of the relationship, won:

·         Hammer Throw  - Bronze - 31.69m

Not to be outdone by his spouse, our throws coach Jamie Muscat won:

·         Weight Throw – Gold – 15.35m

·         Hammer Throw – Gold- 48.32

It is worthy of note that Jamie, coming to the last throw was running 4th and out of the medals produced a gold medal winning throw under pressure.    

We look forward to them bringing this form, and results, to the state relays in a fortnight’s time at Blacktown.