Michele Hossack, Ex-BISP teacher and now a proud and active BISP community member, won a gold medal & the title of World Champion as she competed in three individual events and two relays at the 2018 World Masters Athletics Championships in September.
About 8,200 athletes from 101 countries took part in the championships, in the southern Spanish city of Malaga. To accommodate the large number of athletes competing, four tracks were needed as well as out-of-stadia courses for cross country, half marathon and road walks. The oldest man competing was a 102-year-old Italian and the oldest woman, also 102, represented India.
In preparation for the world championships, Michele travelled to Britain to train for a few weeks and to compete in the British Masters athletics championships in Birmingham, where she won two gold and one silver medal.
In the finals of her main event, the 300m hurdles, Michele led the field from the very beginning. Her time of 49.49 seconds was a new Australian age group record. In other events, she qualified for the finals in both the 400m where she finished 4th, and the 200m, where she finished in 6th place. She also participated in both the Australian 4×100 and 4×400 meter relays which placed just outside the medals in both events. Progress in all individual events was through heats and semi finals before reaching the finals, so it was an exhausting few days for Michele.
“It was an exhaustive, yet rewarding experience and I’m glad I was part of it all. I’m taking a much needed break at the moment, and will resume training for both the European championships in Italy and the Asian championships in Malaysia next year,” commented Michele.
Michele is also looking forward to competing in the next world masters championships in Toronto, Canada in 2020.