Nelson hosts New Zealand Masters Athletics Track and Field Championships
More than 220 competitors will line up at the New Zealand Masters Athletics Track and Field Championships which is being staged in Nelson for the first time this weekend.
The championships will feature athletes from right across the country, from Northland to Southland, with 40 making the trip from Christchurch alone.
Leading the charge for Tasman Masters Athletics will be successful mountain runner Paula Canning (W45) and David Riddell (M60), who only took up the sport two years ago but has his sights set on the World Masters Athletics Indoor Championships in South Korea.
Former Nelson race walker Nyle Sunderland, now a resident on the Gold Coast, is returning to Nelson for the weekend. She was a member of the gold medal winning New Zealand race walking team in the W45 age group 20km road walk at the recent World Masters Athletics Track and Field Championships in Perth and also secured an individual silver in the 20km walk and bronzes in the 5000m and 10km road walks.
Also returning home is Christchurch-based Chris Mardon who was member of the gold medal winning New Zealand M45 team in the 8km cross country event. His team-mate Jason Cameron, who won the individual bronze, will also be competing.
The two oldest competitors are 88-year-old Marcia Petley from Hamilton, who won a silver medal in Perth in the W85 hammer throw and will be looking to add to seven New Zealand age group records, and 85-year-old Jim Blair from Wellington, who recently added the M85 age high jump record to that for the M75 and M80 age groups.
The championships began on Friday afternoon continue through until Sunday.