The World Masters Games (the Games) is held over ten days ever four years and is the world’s largest multi-sport event. Competitors are aged thirty-five and over and this year, the Games were held in Auckland New Zealand. The World Masters Games encourage participation in sport throughout life with a focus on celebrating competition and camaraderie between mature sports people (http://www.worldmastersgames2017.co.nz/).
This year, Braemar’s very own Mr Steve Hanlon competed in the Triathlon for the 55-59 age group. Steve had previously competed in the World Masters Games in 2002 when they were hosted here in Australia, in Geelong. In the 2002 Games, Steve won a silver medal in the 40-44 age group; reflecting on this personal achievement inspired him to dust of the green and gold race suit and try his luck again fifteen years later.
So during the last weekend in April, Steve headed to Auckland and competed in the Triathlon. The race comprised a 750m swim, a 20km bike ride and a 5km run. It was held at the beautiful esplanade and cliff tops of St Hellier Bay, east of Auckland CBD. Race day saw the weather turn wet and windy; fortunately for Steve, it wasn’t cold but it did make for a challenging swim and a treacherous ride. Steve achieved an outstanding result; placing 5th out of a group of 23. He said the he was surprised by the welcome and support that he received in the lead-up and also on race day upon arriving in Auckland; “it felt like it was a combined Aussie/Kiwi assault on the world”.
Triathlon has been an obsession of Steve’s since first racing in the late-eighties and has become very much part of his lifestyle; this also meant that deciding to compete in Auckland didn’t require a lot of additional training since it’s already a part of his day-to-day routine.
We are very proud of Steve for his incredible achievement and so grateful to have such a great role model as part of our teaching staff at the College!