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97 year old wins Gold at Masters

This evening, Picton man Ian Mathieson won Gold at the NZCT South Island Masters Games in Nelson, competing in the 5km walk in the 95 year old + age group.

Ian Mathieson is the oldest competitor at this year's games. This is his third South Island Masters Games.

He completed the 5km walk in under two hours, his time being 1 hour and 53 minutes.

He became a keen runner after meeting legendary coach Arthur Lydiard more than 20 years ago.

He has run several half marathons and marathons over the years, and completed the Hanmer 10km race after turning 90.

Before tonight's race he explained that he had not really trained for the walk.

"I am a bit slow at the moment as I had a problem with my pace-maker 18 months ago, but that is fixed now," Ian says. "The doctor checked me out last week and said I should go for it, so I am.

"I do keep fit by going to the gym in Blenheim regularly to go on the treadmill and lift weights, and I do Tai Chi," he says. "For older people it is important to keep the body fit, and the mind fit.

"Doing this race tonight is all about the mental attitude," he says. "I am pretty determined and I like the challenge. That is why I have come. It will be a slow race and I may have to stop for a break from time to time, but I will finish."

His grandson Callum Mathieson drove up from Christchurch to accompany his grandfather on the walk tonight.

"I could have driven over from Picton myself," Ian says. "But, it is good to have company and it has given me a chance to spend time with my grandson and get to know him better."

Callum says of his grandfather that "you just can't stop him. He's amazing."

After the race Ian said his time was a bit slower than he would have liked, and so admitted that training would have helped. He pledges to do more training for next year's South Island Masters



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