We have a gold medal winner in our midst. John Pickering, our trusty bike mechanic, has just returned from the 21st New Zealand Masters Games in Dunedin with a 3 gold medal haul.
John won the 40km road bike race, mountain bike cross country (experts class) and the mountain bike downhill in the 60-69 year age group. Field sizes ranged from 30 to 70 people from all over New Zealand. Competition was stiff, particularly in the road race, mainly because John used his mountain bike and didn’t shave his legs.
John reckons he needs to improve on his darts, ten pin bowling and curling before he enters those events again.
The Masters Games are an annual event, held in either Wanganui or Dunedin. The event attracts about 7000 competitors from around New Zealand and events are as diverse as scrabble, wine tasting, to rowing, atheletics and multi-sports. Evening social events are a large part of the event and based at the university during the holiday period so they have access to great facilities.
What an inspiration…congratulations John.