With a lot of focus from the athletic community on the Australian Athletics Championships next week, we can’t forget about the Victorian Masters Championships happening this weekend out at Doncaster. There will no doubt be plenty of experience on the track and out in the field, with quite a few stories to be told!
Some legends of the sport to watch at the Victorian Masters Championships…
Margaret makes a habit of dominating track and field meets. She usually wins all the sprints, hurdles, long and triple jumps – pretty much all that she enters. In 2012 she did this at the Australian Masters Athletics Championships at Lakeside winning eight gold and one silver medal. At last year’s World Championships in Perth, Margaret finished second in the sprints before brilliantly winning the long hurdles and triple jump. She topped this off with two relay golds.
Anna won the W35 1500 metres at the World Championships in Perth by nearly the length of the straight and that is something you seldom see at that level. She is well known in AV circles as a runner for Athletics Essendon and is doing the 800/1500m double at these Championships.
Yes, that Jason Akermanis! Jason and his wife Megan have been training with coach Ken Little, husband of 400m gun Rachel Little, and are keen to give Masters Athletics a shot. They both did the VMA Pentathlon a few weeks ago and showed plenty of speed and class. Jason is doing all the sprints and will meet up with some real speedsters with Brett Maurer and Leigh Phelan in the mix. He’s pretty quick though. Watch him in the 60m.
Michael boasts a World Masters Games Gold medal from Torino (Turin) in 2013 and also holds the Wal Sheppard Trophy from last year for the best age graded 800m at the Championships. Michael finished third in the 800m in Perth in a red hot field.
There’s always something going on when “Cookie” is in the field. A World Champion in the 1500m from Porto Alegre, Brazil, and an extremely proud representative in the M50 event at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing. Allan is doing the 400m, 800m and 1500m.
Clashes with Cookie in the 4oo and the 8oo. A super pedigreed runner. Was right in the mix but just got out kicked in the 800m in Perth.
An oldie but a goodie! Brian, in the M80 group, tends to dominate Track & Field meets in the way Marg Tweedie does. At the last AMA Championships in Adelaide he won seven events – 60m, 100m, short hurdles, long jump, high jump, pole vault and triple jump – setting five Victorian records in the process.
Super 400m runner from Albury/Wodonga. Doing several field events as well. Rachel won the 400m at the World Masters Games at Torino in 2013.
Dorn is a former sprinter who through injury now excels at throws. Holds the Australian W60 records in the weight throw and throws pentathlon.
Jeanette Van Den Bulk
Has performed brilliantly since she moved here from Canada. Excellent sprinter and hurdler. Main specialty perhaps the 400m hurdles. Got silver and two bronze in Perth representing…Australia!
Good luck to all competing!