Jodie Whittaker - 5 October 2013
For South Australian Clare Dingsdale, the 14th Australian Masters Games provides the opportunity to compete in her two favourite, albeit quite diverse sports - netball and marathon canoe paddling.
And on day one, cheered on from the riverbank by husband John, she competed in the 15km V40W kayak event. The encouragement seemed to pay off, with Dingsdale winning gold in her TK1 boat in 2hrs 19mins 10secs.
The Dingsdales are both passionate about their sport with John even having competed in a paddling competition the day after their wedding.
“I just absolutely love it on the water,” John commented.
“Every time I get out in my boat, I wonder why I don’t do it even more.”
But this year’s Masters Games are for Clare to compete in - with John providing much needed pit-crew support.
For more than 35 years the Victor Harbour couple has enjoyed their paddling experiences, thanks to the social nature of the sport, combined with their highly competitive natures.
46-year-old Clare now has a few days to recover from her paddling efforts before she faces her land-based opponents on the netball court.
Over 8,000 people are expected to join the Dingsdales in Geelong for the week-long event, beginning on Saturday 5th October. The Australian Masters Games encompasses 50 sports for men and women ranging from athletics, cycling and golf through to woodchopping and cue sports. The only pre-requisite for competing is that participants meet the minimum age criteria, which in most sports is 30 years.
As well as competing in their chosen sport, the Games offer a fun-filled social program, including an opening and closing ceremony, and festival-like atmosphere throughout the week.
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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