Australian Masters Games

Day 3 - Three golds for the Juggs and a World record for Ruddick

7 October 2013

Day 3 - Three golds for the Juggs and a World record for Ruddick

The Geelong Juggernauts dominated the second and final day of the dragon boat regatta at the 14th Australian Masters Games in Geelong today winning three events.

The determined outfit won both events reserved for breast cancer survivors – the 10s and the 20s before adding the open 20s title to their growing trophy cabinet.

An April 2013 birthday enabled Kelly Ruddick to make one of the biggest impacts on the Games so far.

Turning 40 made the Ballarat Harrier and instrument technician immediately eligible for the 40-44 age group and provided her with the chance to target a 26 year old world record in the 5000m event.

For the second time this year, having claimed the 10km road record in May, Ruddick obliterated a world mark held by Suzanne Griesbach walking 21m 57.40 to slash 53 seconds from the Frenchwoman’s mark set in 1987. Ruddick is clearly on a mission and post race suggested that it will not be long till she betters the time once again,

“Give me two weeks and you might see a faster time in the 5k,” Ruddick who lives in Coghills Creek said post race.

“I have already tackled the 10km walk and I am feeling in great form to continue attacking world best times”.

And there is no doubt she is in great shape – currently leading the national rankings for the open women’s 20km walk – arguably Australia’s best depth athletics event at the moment. Whilst the younger women were at the World Championships, Ruddick won the national winter championship at Symmons Plains in Tasmania and in the process recorded the year’s best time of 1hr 33.15 nearly a minute quickly than the girls who went to Moscow.

As glorious as the day was for Ruddick, it only bought disappointment for former AFL star David Schwarz and the coach of his Myths and Legends 35+ basketball team, Des de Kretser.

With just seven minutes in the game to go and having made a useful contribution to his team’s impressive lead, the Ox pulled a hamstring bringing an end to his first Masters Games experience.

 

Day Four, Tuesday will feature two important associated events off-field:

  • the inaugural “Regional Cities and Sporting Events – A Great Fit” Forum will run from 9.45am to 5.00pm at the Four Points by Sheraton on the Geelong Waterfront. The Forum hosted by Sport and Recreation Victoria brings together event organisers, rights holders, regional councils and tourism operators to consider the benefits and challenges of hosting large sporting events in regional locations. Andrew Gaze will be the closing speaker from 3.30pm.
  • the Give Where You Live CEO Challenge will be staged at the Avalon Airport Games Village at Kardinia Park from 5.30pm.  The 250m indoor rowing competition will raise funds for the local charity which assists many in overcoming disadvantage. The field includes Games chair, Kean Selway, Give Where You Live CEO, Bill Mithen, City of Greater Geelong’s Steve Bentley and an impressive field of community and local business chief executives.

 

Meanwhile competitors will engage in 24 of the Games 50 sports, comprising:

  • the final day’s action in track and field athletics, boxing, snooker, the pairs competition in lawn bowls and the fours tournament in beach volleyball
  • the first of two days of indoor rowing at the Games Village at Kardinia Park, featuring the 500 and 1000m events
  • the fourth of five day’s shooting in the smallbore and air rifle competitions at the Geelong Smallbore Club at Breakwater
  • the conclusion of the FITA target disciplines in the archery events at Lovely Banks
  • a batch of fiercely contested singles gold medal events in the darts competition at the Geelong Darts Club in Corio
  • continuing action in 13 tournament sports – badminton, baseball, basketball, cricket, AFL, soccer, hockey, netball, sailing, softball, ten pin bowling, tennis and touch football

 

Equestrian competition begins at Werribee with the dressage discipline the first to be featured whilst the day’s action in golf will be the four player ambrose at the picturesque 13th Beach Golf Links at Barwon Heads.

 

The Australian Masters Games will be staged until Saturday 12 October and is one of Australia’s largest multi sporting events.

For further Australian Masters Games information and to register, visit - www.AustralianMastersGames.com

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