Last week, BISP Primary teacher Michele Hossack travelled to Kitakami, in Iwate prefecture in the north of Japan, to take part in the 18th Asian Masters Athletics Championships.
These championships, which are held every two years, are the major athletic sporting event for master athletes in Asia. In 2014 almost 3000 athletes from 19 different Asian countries participated.
This is the first time the championships have been opened to non-Asian athletes, and five non-Asians competed representing Australia, Russia, Norway, Turkey and the United States.
Michele competed in four events, the maximum number allowed, and achieved one first place and three second places. However, as no medals were presented to non-Asian athletes, Michele had to make do with a certificate recording her time in each event.
Michele broke the Championship record in her best event, the 300m hurdles and very narrowly lost the 80m hurdles by 200ths of a second to the top Japanese hurdler.
The oldest athlete competing was a 104 year old Japanese man and many more athletes were in their 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.
The city of Kitakami turned out in force to cheer on the athletes at the world class sporting complex and the local school children had obviously been busy for weeks hand painting flags welcoming all the different nations participating.
For more information, contact Michele Hossack: [email protected]