News15 Nov 2010

Australians are the Best Masters Athletes of 2010


2010 WMA Best World Female Masters Athlete - Marie Kay (AUS) W50 (© WMA)

As has now become tradition the World Masters Athletics (WMA) will honour its Best Masters Athletes in 2010 during the 2010 World Athletics Gala, which will take place in Monaco, on 21 November 2010.

This year’s WMA Best Masters Athletes are Marie Kay and Peter Crombie who hail from Australia, and both have been well respected and admired athletes for many years at world and regional championships, outdoors and indoors. In addition to their athletic prowess both have supported the sport through their active engagements as coach and trainer as well as in administrative functions.

Best World Female Masters Athlete             
Marie Kay (AUS) W50  

2010 Achievements:

World Indoor Masters Championships in Kamloops, BC, Canada:
1st all events in pentathlon with new World record, besting old mark by 300 points for her third consecutive World indoor pentathlon title.
4 additional World indoor titles in 200m, 400m, Long Jump, High Jump and anchoring the 4x200m relays to silver.
(Marie Kay has won 5 consecutive outdoor Heptathlon World titles.)

Australian National Championships:
Champion in 60m, 100m, 200m, 80m Hurdles, Shot Put, High Jump, Long Jump with new World record in Long Jump and national record in High Jump.

Oceania Championships:
Champion in Heptathlon, 100m, 200m, 400m 80m Hurdles, Long Jump with new Oceania records in Heptathlon and 80m Hurdles and National records in Heptathlon and High Jump.

Marie Kay has competed at World championships for 15 years. She has been married for 30 years and is a mother of three, and a grandmother of four children.

Best World Male Masters Athlete             

Peter Crombie (AUS) M65

2010 Achievements:

World Indoor Masters Championships in Kamloops, BC, Canada:
Several sprint gold medals

2010 US Nationals:
Beat current US indoor and outdoor M65 sprint World record holders over 100m and 200m, setting a National record, besting the 200m winning time of the younger age group.

Peter Crombie overcame knee surgery in 2009 and his doctor’s advice was to end his sports career. Competing at the world level since 1987, he is one of the most enduring and accomplished masters athletes of all time, winning 34 medals at World outdoor and 11 at World indoor championships. He is an athletic competitor for 50 consecutive years and has won over 80 national titles in all sprint distances, plus throws and jumps.


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