Friendships matter most

IN the past 40 years Tina Baarslag-Leb has won more than 500 medals.

Despite the Victorian athlete's success, she says the best part of competing is making friends.

Baarslag-Leb is in Bendigo for the Oceania Masters Athletics Championships.

She won medals in the shot put, hammer throw, discus and weight pentathlon and is looking to add to her mounting collection when she competes in the javelin and weight throw.

Baarslag-Led said the masters games was not about beating her competitors it was about beating her personal best.

“I have done what I had set out to achieve because I just an operation on my finger so it makes it hard to throw,” she said.

“I don’t care about winning really, I like the competition but I just try to beat my own records.”  

 The 80-year-old said the masters games had allowed her to travel all over the world to compete. 

“I have been everywhere from Tahiti, Cook Islands and Vanuatu and it has been a lot of fun,” she said.  

“I have about 500 medals and a few trophies.” 

Baarslag-Leb said she had no intention of leaving the sport anytime soon.

“I always say I will keep doing it until I drop dead,” she said.  

“I will keep competing.  

“It keeps me young.” 

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