Albany Athletics Club members Peter Muller, Kath Hannig, Barbara Wilson, Brenda Painter, Carey Dickason, Jasmine and Carl Heslop and Denmark athlete Erica Mercer travelled to Perth for the 2018 Australian Masters Athletics Championships competing in a variety of events and collecting a swag of medals between them. As Perth hosted the event the usual State Championships were not held but WA members were able to collect state medals in their events, thereby enabling them to collect two medals per event at times.
Still on a high from competing in the 2016 World Masters Athletics Championships Kath Hannig once again tackled the 10,000m and with a burst of speed at the finish managed to get in front of the silver medallist to collect National and State gold medals.
Newcomers to athletics, Denmark couple Carl and Jasmine Heslop took the opportunity to experience competition at the National level. Carl competed in the State Championships in 2017 but this was Jasmines first ever season in athletics and competing at a National level was an entirely new experience for her, one which she thoroughly enjoyed. Her age group (W35) is a very strong group, but Jasmine took the opportunity to learn and improve and to achieve some Personal Bests as well as collecting five State Silver medals in the process. Carl also achieved a number of Personal Bests while collecting two National and three State Gold medals and one National Silver medal.
Peter Muller successfully competed in his first major athletics championships for many years collecting five State Gold, two National Silver, one State Silver and one National Bronze medals. Peter also enjoyed catching up with athletes he has met over the many years he has been involved with athletics.
Barbara Wilson enjoyed a comeback to National competition collecting one State Gold, one National Silver, three State Silver and one National Bronze medals.
Regular National competitor Brenda Painter from Walpole once again showed her versatility by collecting one National and five State Gold medals, four National and one State Silver medals.
Carey Dickason was pleased with her training in the lead up to the competition enabling her to achieve times in her running events which were equal to or better than times she was doing in 2010, collecting one National and four State Gold medals, three National and two State Silver medals, three National and one State Bronze medals.
Barefoot Denmark runner Erica Mercer achieved excellent results in her two events collecting two State Gold medals, one National Silver medal and one National Bronze medal.
Below are the results, the percentage figure indicates level of performance against world best, N indicates a National medal and S indicates a State medal, PB indicates Personal Best.