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Otago Masters athletes enjoyed warm sunny days, friendly competition and considerable success in the final four days at the Oceania’s Championships in Fiji.

Jim Blair, M 90 ( Patron and life member of Oceania Masters) plus being the oldest competitor at 93 at the Oceania Championships, showed the way winning two more gold medals in the shot put and weight throw. Recovering from the 24 hour bug several athletes and officials were experiencing he still managed to make a new Championship record of 7.50 m in the weight throw.

Alison Newall W 60 was busy winning more medals as usual in a range of events. Her age group had several strong competitors, especially Vicky Townsend of Australia.Alison managed to come second to Vicky in her shot put, long jump, throws pentathlon and track pentathlon ( in which Alison finally beat Vicky in their concluding fifth event, the 800m run)

Dalise Sanderson, W 60 despite not feeling well, came first in all her track runs, the 200, 400 and 800 metres. What determination you showed, true Otago grit.

Liz Mitchell W60 continued to show her sprinting heels getting first in the 200 and second in the 400 m.

Noni Callander , W75 blessing her knee replacements, despite very experienced opposition, came first in the shot put and second in the weight throw.

Barbara Patrick W75 continued her winning form getting gold in the 800 m and 6 k cross country.

Rob Homan, M 60 our OMA President, ran strongly to win the 1500 m and the 8k cross country. He was also a valued member of the 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 Masters Mens relay teams that both came second.

Uros Sumar M 65 from Queenstown, sprinted very well winning the 200m and coming second in the 60 and 100 m. Apologies for not mentioning you earlier!

So….fantastic performances from all Otago Masters. All won medals helping to win a total for Otago of 29 medals ( including 17 golds) and making 5 new Championship records.

Congratulations to you all.



Updated  14/06/2024




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thank you to Phil Coakes and Others for the Photos