Champion on winners list

SINGER Greg Champion collected two gold medals at the Oceania Masters Athletics Championships.

Champion, known for his tune That’s The Thing About Football, is in Bendigo for the games.

He won gold in the 100m hurdles, 50-59 division and gold in the high jump, 55-59 category.

Champion also competed in the 100 metre dash, where he finished fourth.

“I didn’t set the world on fire in the 100 metres, but I am here to have fun,” he said.  

“There are some quicker runners around, I just enjoy being involved.”

Champion, who has been involved with athletics for the past 10 years, said he wasn't an elite runner, but always gave 100 per cent on the track.

The 58-year-old said when the starting gun goes off, his mindset is to not think, just do.

“The reason I compete or the buzz I get out of competing is knowing that my body still works at this age,” he said.  

“Knowing my body can do this keeps me young or at least feeling young.

“It is a very basic statement, but that is the motive.”

Champion said he drew inspiration from some of the older competitors taking part in the games.

“One of the great attractions of masters athletics every year is watching men and women in their 70s and 80s run down the track at some speed,” he said.

“It is always inspiring.  

“For the past 10 years I have been saying I hope I can do that when I’m that age.

“I get a kick out of watching the seniors."

The Melbourne man has spent the past three decades on ABC radio.

He shares the microphone with Jeff Richardson, Ian Cover and Billy Baxter for their show, the Coodabeens Saturday Soiree.

Champion said it was his first time competing in Bendigo, but says he had performed in the city many times.

“Bendigo is a lovely place,” he said.  

Champion said the masters games brought people of all ages together, who all share similar interests.

“It is a rare person who takes the games too seriously - 98 per cent of the people come to these events to have fun," he said.  

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