The World Masters Games is the world’s largest multi-sport event. Held every four years, it is the pinnacle sporting event for masters competitors worldwide. In supporting the Olympic Games ethos of ‘sport for all’, the goal of the World Masters Games is to encourage participation in sport throughout life. Competition and camaraderie are equally celebrated.
UC Tiger Mark Rossiter competed for Australia in the 200m, 400m, 4x400m Relay and the 4x100m Relay.
Mark made the final in both of his individual events where he finished 4th in the 400m and 6th in the 200m.
Competing alongside Adam Farlow, Jay Stone and Jonathan Stefaniak the 4x100m team took over 5 seconds off the Australian Masters 30-34years 4x100m record, on their way to a dominant victory and a Gold Medal.
UC Ginninderra Athlete Ken Telfer (M45) competed in the recent World Masters Athletics Indoor Championships in Daegu, South Korea.
Ken representing not only the UC Tigers but also Australia, competed in the 4x200m, 60m and the 200m individual events at the championships. Ken also recently Australia at the World Outdoor Championships in Perth.
Ken stepped it down an age group to compete in Australian (M40) 4x200m Relay team. The team won their heat comfortably from Hong Kong, Korea, Ireland and Germany. However they finished with a Bronze medal overall just behind Great Britain and Japan.
In the 60m Heats, Ken ran a very impressive 7.86s to finish second and automatically qualify for the Semi-Final. In the semifinal Ken was only just off his best running 7.99s to finish 6th. A great accomplishment.
Over the one lap 200m event, Ken again impressed in his heat to finish 2nd in 25.66s. In the semifinal Ken again finished 5th in a faster 25.64s, making him top ten in the world!
Australia finished the Championships on top of the Medal Ladder with 124 medals, in front of Great Britain, United States and Spain.
The Daegu Indoor Stadium seats 5000 spectators who came to watch the best Masters in the World compete for their countries. The layout of the stadium is a 200m circumference track with six lanes and 60m straight track with eight lanes.
UC Ginninderra’s Sue Bourke has claimed a bronze medal in the W55 400m Final at the Perth 2016 World Masters Athletics Championships. Running a season best time of 1:07.80, Bourke was the first Aussie over the line finishing narrowly behind Lorraine Jasper (USA) and Elaine Pretorius (RSA).
The World Champs are Sue’s first International competition, however she has been ranked top 5 in the World for the 400m for the last two years. Briefly holding the top position for 2 months earlier in 2016. In Perth, Sue also made the final of the 200m, however elected to bypass the last eight to focus on a medal in the 400m in a decision that has certainly paid off.
Sue’s Ginninderra team mates Mark Rossiter and Ken Telfer are also competing in Perth. The Boys have also ran well, sometimes into the tough Westerly Wind in Perth, however they have posted respectable performances:
Mark Rossiter: 400m Heat, 53.51s
Mark Rossiter: 200m Heat, 24.04s
Mark Rossier: 200m Semi, 23.91s
Sue Bourke: 200m Heat, 30.07s
Ken Telfer: 100m Heat, 12.32s
Ken Telfer: 100m Semi, 12.73s
With one day to go, Ken, Mark and Sue are competing for Australia in the 4x100m and 4x400m relays in their respective ages. There is a good chance of more medals to come for the Tigers and Australia in Perth.