TRACK AND FIELD CHAMP: Karel McClintock back from competing in the Queensland championships where she won seven gold medals, including the heavy weight with a throw of 9.62m.
TRACK AND FIELD CHAMP: Karel McClintock back from competing in the Queensland championships where she won seven gold medals, including the heavy weight with a throw of 9.62m. Greg Miller

Gympie woman wins 7 gold at QLD Master track and field

KAREL McClintock competed at the Queensland Masters Association Track and Field Championships at Brisbane last month, walking away with seven gold medals.

McClintock said this was the most gold medals she had ever achieved at this event and that she does not normally compete in running events.

McClintock has only missed three state title events in the past 15 years and this is the best she has achieved.

She won the 100m, 60m, shot put, discus, javelin, hammer throwing and heavy weight throwing events.

McClintock said because she won the 100m she also got to compete the next day in the champion of champions 100m against the winners of the other age divisions.

Her interest in track and field stems from her children's involvement in the sport.

She said the best thing about athletics was being able to meet people over the years and staying fit while enjoying competing.

The 54-year-old has now been competing in the sport for 15 years and once a month will travel to the Sunshine Coast University for regular carnivals.

She said in order to compete you must submit a competitive time.

McClintock missed her chance to compete at the national masters titles in Sydney over the weekend due to financial costs in order to be able to compete in the Australian Masters Titles in Adelaide in October.

She has plenty of competition through training against 15 and 16-year-old boys at Albert Park.

She trains five days a week, mixing it up between sprint training, weight lifting and throwing sessions.

Gympie Times


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