Pryse on track for Oceania Masters

KANGAROO Flat's Paul Pryse will be sprinting and jumping against some of Oceania's best at next  week's Masters track and field championships in Bendigo.

Pryse will contest the 100m, 400m, triple jump and pole vault in the 45-49 years class at the La Trobe University Bendigo athletics complex in Flora Hill.

"This is definitely the biggest track and field meet I will have competed at," he said on Tuesday.

Pryse was on track at last season's Australian Masters and Victorian Masters in Melbourne.

He is among many Bendigo-based athletes aiming to capitalise on home-track advantage.

Pole vault and triple jump are two of his best events.

Pryse has soared above the 3.55m mark at pole vault and leapt 11.66 at triple jump, a Bendigo 40-plus record.

His sons Blake and Jemuel played a big part in Paul deciding to take on track and field.

"I had gone to Little Athletics with them for a long time. Once they were able to do senior athletics I thought I would compete too."

A big weekend for Jemuel includes vying for the Victorian under-15 heptathlon title at Flora Hill.

Paul's wife Melinda, and children Caitlyn, Blake and Jemuel will closely follow his form on the track.

The nine-day Masters action begins this Saturday at the Retreat Road complex. 

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