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Masters triumph on Gold Coast

Selwyn Hawken from Cannonvale with Harry Giles and Lewis Macey after receiving their medals for the Mens 65-69 Triple Jump at the Pan Pacific Masters Games.
Selwyn Hawken from Cannonvale with Harry Giles and Lewis Macey after receiving their medals for the Mens 65-69 Triple Jump at the Pan Pacific Masters Games.

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WHITSUNDAY Athletics Club members Selwyn and Betty Hawken missed the club's recent break-up as they were down on the Gold Coast competing in the Pan Pacific Masters Games.

Betty did extremely well earning three gold and four silver medals, while Selwyn also performed well picking up one gold, two silver and two bronze medals.

Held every two years the games attracted 10,000 competitors in a wide range of sport according to the master's athletes.

About one month prior, the couple drove out to Alice Springs where 5000 competitors took part in the “Friendly” Masters Games.

Selwyn had a tremendous meet winning nine gold, three silver and one bronze, while Betty faced a big field, but still managed to win a silver medal in the Triple Jump.

Betty (63) and Selwyn (65) encourage other elderly people to give athletics a go.

“I try and encourage other oldies to get into it,” Selwyn said.

“People ask me why I still do it; I say it's my way of staying a little bit fit.”

The couple's next competition is the Australian Master Championships in Brisbane at Easter time.


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