OCEAN Grove’s Pattie Galvin has done it again. The inspirational local runner picked up gold in the Australian Masters Games in Geelong last week - surprising even herself.
For 55-year-old Pattie the half marathon gold medal in W55-59 was never assumed.
“You never know who will turn up. You also don’t know how you’re going to feel after a big week of racing. This week I did the 800m, 1500m, 5000m, 8km cross country and now the half marathon. I’ve won four gold and a silver,” she said.Pattie has previously run full marathons in Melbourne, Adelaide and Japan and plans to do more overseas.
“We train at Landy Field on Tuesday and Thursday, so we’re always warming up and doing some training along this path.”.
Pattie is committed to her sport and has enjoyed success over time.
“I started running when my husband did about 30 years ago. My background was netball but injury got in the way.
I took up more half marathons and marathons, but I think my career highlights would be running under three hours for the marathon - but going back a few years now,” she said.
OCEAN Grove veteran kayakers basked themselves in gold medal glory after the Australian Masters Games in Geelong wrapped up last week.
Grove based paddlers including Dave Renton, Jenny Lambert, Barry Warren, Bill Strachan and Bruce Erwin all won gold medals at the Games.
Renton, a long time Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club member, won gold in the TK1 (Touring Kayak single) 200 metre sprint in the 60-64 age group.
Renton then teamed up with Jenny Lambert in the 50-54 age group to claim gold in the mixed TK2 (Touring Kayak double) 200 metre sprint.
Lambert also won gold in the singles TK1 200 metre event in the 50-54 age group.
IN other results local experienced paddler Bruce Erwin won gold in the TK2 12 kilometre marathon event in the 60-65 age class, while Bill Strachan won gold in the K2 (Kayak Olympic class double) 20 kilometre marathon event in the 35 plus age group.
Not to be outdone, local Barry Warren also became a dual gold medallist in the TK2 200 metre sprint and TK2 12 kilometre events in the 60-65 age group.
Renton paid tribute to his fellow Ocean Grove kayakers that competed in the Australian Masters Games.
“It’s fantastic that you have got Masters and senior citizens from Ocean Grove actually competing in the Australian Masters Games,” Renton said.
“They are really ambassadors for the Ocean Grove community.”
The Australian Masters Games concluded with a closing ceremony on Saturday October 12 in Geelong.