Tasmania’s over-30 athletes are hoping to upstage the best in the world at the World Masters Athletics Championships in Perth this week.
About 50 Masters athletes from the state will join thousands from around the world for the two-week smorgasbord of competition at the WA Athletics Stadium.
Tasmania’s contingent representing the nation range in age from 30 years old to athletes in their 70s, and Tasmanian Masters Athletics’ secretary Mike Walker said at least eight of the state’s athletes had a chance of a medal.
“We have some good chances,” he said. “It’s only the start of the season and we’ve already had 18 state masters records broken so they are coming into it in good form.”
Two of Tasmania’s best chances will be multi-eventer Geoff Gibbons and sprinter Dan Lemoto who are targeting glory in the age 40-44 category.
For Gibbons, the next two weeks will be the culmination of three years of preparation. “It’s been the goal for three years, once I found out they were going to be in Australia,” he said.
“So I’ve been working towards it, I’ve had some good run-outs recently and can’t wait to get started.”
Lemoto comes into this week’s competition in Perth – his second World Masters Champs after first competing in 2009 – having broken the Tasmanian masters’ 100m record on multiple occasions so far this season and the 200m one to boot.
“I’ve opened the season pretty well, the body is feeling pretty good,” the 40-year-old from Woodbridge said.
“The plan is to break the 100, 200 and 400m records and obviously win a few medals for Australia.”