Nelson's Steve Low, Derek Shaw and Tim Cross collected 13 medals between them at the recent Oceania masters athletics championships in Bendigo Australia.
Athletes from Australia, New Zealand, the Cook Islands, Nauru, Fiji, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, the Czech Republic, the United States, and even one from Nepal, were at the event.
Cross won six medals in the master's men's 50-54 age group, including golds in the 3000m steeplechase, the half marathon and with the New Zealand medley relay team.
He also won silver medals with the New Zealand team in the 8km crosscountry and in the half marathon team events.
He continued his good form by winning bronze in the 1500m and finishing fifth in the 5000m and 8km crosscountry.
Low, running in the masters men's 55-59 age group, won three medals. He ran well in the 400m and 200m to win bronze medals, then attempted to defend the titles he won at the 2012 Oceania Championships in Tauranga. However, he was competing against Australia's Rob Mayston, the world champion at October's world masters championships in Brazil.
Low also won a gold medal as a member of the New Zealand medley relay team.
Shaw won four medals in the master's men's 60-64 age group.
He made a strong start to the championships by running a determined and well-paced race to win silver in the 5000m. He displayed the same good form to also take silver in the 8km crosscountry, where he was also part of the New Zealand team that won silver in the teams event.
Shaw displayed his versatility by finishing fifth in the 400m and fourth in the 800m, 1500m, 2000m steeplechase and half marathon.
He was also part of the New Zealand team that won the silver medal for the teams event in the half marathon.
The next Oceania Masters Athletics Championships will be held in Rarotonga.
Full results for all the events throughout the competition can be viewed on the Oceania Masters Athletics Championships website.
- The Nelson Mail