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33 Gold medals for NSW athletes at World Masters Indoor Athletics Championships

33 Gold medals for NSW athletes at World Masters Indoor Athletics Championships

Author: Athletics NSW Administrator/Friday, 31 March 2017/Categories: News

NSW athletes have returned from the recent World Masters Indoor Athletics Championships held in Daegu, South Korea with 33 gold medals.

Highlights included first time athletes to an indoor competition, Janelle Delaney (SYP) and Jay Stone (ARM) winning their respective 200-400m doubles. For Stone, his times of 22.68 and 50.25 lowered both Australian records. Delaney also won gold in the W45 4x200m relay.
Seasoned campaigner, Peter Crombie (SYP) brought home 3 gold medals in his individual events 60m, 200m, 400m and also the 4x200m relay while Mary Thomas (IBS) won gold in each of her 5 throwing events.

The most medals won was achieved by Lenorë Lambert (SYP) with gold in the 60m hurdles, silver in the high jump, long jump, 200m, 400m and bronze in the 60m bringing her total to six.

Selina Ellis (HIL) won the Women’s 45 years Pole Vault. It was her first time competing indoors and she said of the experience,  “I was excited to be competing at my first indoor championships and was not disappointed, the atmosphere was fantastic”.

For Janet Naylon it was her fifth time competing at the World Masters Indoor Athletics Championships and fourth time as the Australian Team Manager.
“It is always exciting to compete indoors as it is very loud and the action close. It is very different and that adds to the thrill,” she said.
Janet won a gold medal as part of the Australian Women’s 50 years 4x200m relay team. The team defeated Japan and long time rivals Germany in a national record of 1 minute 57.02 seconds.
In addition, Janet had the honour of carrying the Australian flag at the Opening Ceremony.

Australia topped the medal tally with 59 gold, 40 silver and 25 bronze (124 overall) from Great Britain and Northern Ireland (50 gold, 118 overall).

“The indoor track is only 200m with the bends being banked much like a velodrome. This takes some getting used to. Australia doesn’t have any indoor facilities so to be competitive on the international stage is proof of the determination of our athletes,” said Stuart Paterson who has co-managed the Australian Indoor teams since 2008.
NSW medallists included:

  • Peter Crombie (SYP) M70 60m Gold, 200m Gold, 400m Gold, M60 4x200 Gold
  • Amanda Coombe (SYP) W45 4x200 Gold
  • Ellena Cubban (EPP) W55 Javelin Silver
  • Janelle Delaney (SYP) W45 200m Gold, 400m Gold, W45 4x200 Gold
  • Deborah Drennan (UTN) W55 800m Silver, W55 4x200 Silver
  • Lynda Douglass (IBS) W55 60m Bronze, W55 4x200 Silver
  • Selina Ellis (HIL) W45 Pole Vault Gold

  • John Fienieg (SYP) M60 4x200 Gold
  • Lenorë Lambert (SYP) W45 High Jump Silver, 60m Bronze, Long Jump Silver, 200m Silver, 60m Hurdles Gold, 400m Silver
  • Wayne Marriott (SYP) M60 4x200 Gold
  • Gianna Mogentale (IBS) W50 400m Bronze, W50 4x200 Gold
  • Paula Moorhouse (SYP) W65 4x200 Gold
  • Janet Naylon (UTN) W50 4x200 Gold
  • Noreen Parrish (KEJ) W75 60m Silver, 200m Silver, 400m Silver, W70 4x200 Gold
  • Julie Peksis (MIN) W45 4x200 Gold
  • Joan Purcell (NEP) W75 3000m Walk Gold, 10k Road Walk Gold, W65 Team 10k Road Walk Gold
  • Vic Ramondetta (UTN) M60 4x200 Gold
  • Ron Schwebel (SSR) M65 Cross Country Bronze, Cross Country Team Gold
  • Sally Stagles (CHE) W55 60m Hurdles Gold, W55 4x200 Silver
  • Jay Stone (ARM) M35 200m Gold, 400m Gold
  • Robyn Suttor (MTP) W55 60m Hurdles Bronze, W55 4x200 Silver
  • Jill Taylor (CHE) W60 Hammer Gold, Weight Throw Bronze
  • Mary Thomas (IBS) W70 Hammer Gold, Javelin Gold, Discus Gold, Weight Throw Gold, Shot Put Gold
  • Anne Weekes (SUT) W50 3000m Walk Silver, 10k Road Walk Gold
  • Philippa Wight (SYP) W50 4x200 Gold

Full results at
The World Masters Athletics Indoor Championships started in 2004 in Sindelfingen, Germany and has been held seven times since. Australia has been represented at each championship and this year in Daegu was the largest team yet with 73 competitors (37 women and 36 men).
The events contested indoors are 60m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 3000m, 3000m walk, 4x200m, Long Jump, High Jump, Pole Vault, Shot Put, and Weight Throw. Associated with the championships there are also some events held outdoors - cross country, half marathon, 10km road walk, Discus, Javelin and Hammer Throw.

Photograph by Stuart Paterson
Vic Ramondetta (UTN) leading out the M60 4x200m relay team which won the gold medal.



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