40 years of bringing home gold

19:46, Mar 03 2014
Janice Maxwell, left, and Iris Bishop
SUCCESSFUL: Janice Maxwell, left, and her mother Iris Bishop.

Seventy nine-year-old Iris Bishop has competed at all 40 editions of the New Zealand Masters Track and Field Championships.

She and her daughter Janice Maxwell, both of Christchurch, competed at the championships held in Invercargill at the weekend.

Heading into today's fourth and final day, Bishop has won gold medals in weight throwing and in the 60 metres and silver medals in the hammer, shot put, discus and javelin.

Maxwell, competing in the 50-54 division, landed silver medals in the shot put and discus, along with bronze medals in weight throwing and hammer.

The mother and daughter are competing in the weight pentathlon today.

Bishop usually builds a holiday into trips to overseas Masters events.

"I just love sport, I've always been a sports person, " she said.

Her husband, Charlie, won the Timaru to Christchurch cycle race in 1950.

Maxwell finished seventh in the shot put at the 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland."We're a sporting family," Bishop said.


The Southland Times