Masters games inspires athlete

FOR John Wall the Oceania Masters games are a chance to celebrate some of the world’s best athletes.

The Sydney sprinter believes that every athlete that takes part in an athletic event across the nine-day games is a champion in their own right.

“I think masters athletes in general inspire a lot of other people who are not actually participating," Wall said.

“It is saying that you can get out there and do something.

“You don’t have to be a champion.

“Everyone who steps on the track is a winner already.”

More than 500 athletes aged 30 and above are in Bendigo for the prestigious games. 

Wall won gold medals in the 60 and 100 metre events in the 65-69 category.   

"I just give it my best shot," he said. 

Wall said he had been involved with racing ever since he was a teenager.

“I have been involved with athletics since I was 15 and I am 67 now,” he said.  

“It is a lifestyle it keeps you active.”

Wall said participating in sport was an important thing at any age.

“You don’t have to be a super champion,” he said.

“It is good for your life, it is good for your health and it is good for your future.”

Wall said Bendigo had been treating him well.

“It is a fantastic place, I love it,” he said.  

“Bendigo is a lovely track so I am hoping for some good times.”

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