Australian Masters Games

Fifth time’s a charm for 71-year-old John Holland

31 July 2019

Fifth time’s a charm for 71-year-old John Holland

Seventy-one-year-old John Holland is ready to take on the Australian Masters Games for a fifth time.

The Port Elliot, South Australia local is making the most of the event competing in three sports - athletics, indoor rowing and powerlifting this October.

He was first introduced to masters’ competition by an instructor at his gym in 2010. Although a few years have passed, he still loves competing and keeps an active training schedule.

“I train probably six out of seven days,” Holland said.

“Until a few years ago I thought when you got to my age you had to take it easy and slow down, not push it as hard and just be moderate. But I found when pushing it, it took a while, but I’ve found now that I can go just as hard as I did when I was younger.”

Holland will be competing in the 84 kilo-weight category in powerlifting, and his goal for the Games?

“An Australian record in the bench press - I’m hoping. The existing record is 85 kilos and I’m confident I can get to 90,” Holland said.

The Australian Masters Games aren’t just about setting records. The Games are a great way to get back into sport and get active.

Take Holland’s advice and enter. You might find just the inspiration you’re looking for, and  surprise yourself. 

“It doesn’t matter what you’re doing, it gives you a focus. And it brings you up against your peers, so you realise what is possible. You see what they’re doing and then you push your barriers out further and further and further. When you thought you were at your limit, you go ahead and find you’re not, and actually there is a lot more that you can do,” Holland said.

With over 8000 competitors set to take part in the Games across 51 sports there’s something for everyone. And in addition to the extensive sport program, it’s a great opportunity to make new friends and have a good time soaking in the festival style atmosphere. 

Anyone can enter in the Games, the only requirement is that you meet the minimum age requirement, which in most sports is 30. Participants who enter by this Friday, 2nd August will receive the Early Bird discount.

You can enter for the Games via the button below. 

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