Lions athletes pick up 16 medals at Canadian Masters Championships

It seemed every time you turned around this weekend at the Canadian Masters Indoor Championships, another Lions athlete was stepping onto the podium. A total of 16 medals were won by club athletes over the two day event including an impressive 10 gold.

Masters championship veterans Wendy Alexis and Lawrence Williams each picked up a trio of medals in the sprint events. Alexis was a double gold medalist in both the 50m and 60m sprint events for the 60 and over category. Her third medal was a silver in the 200m where she finished a mere four hundredths of a second between rival Karla Del Grande in a time of 29.12 seconds. For perspective, the age graded equivalent is 23.02.

Williams continued to demonstrate his sprinting range, winning a full set of medals across the 50m, 200m and his specialty – the 400m where he won gold. A former world masters champion, Williams took the men’s 45 and over 400m in a time 55.10 to claim victory by nearly half a second.

Natacha Dupuis made quite the splash in her first Canadian indoor championship completing the sprint treble by winning gold in the 60m, 200m and 400m distances. The 38 year old’s winning times were 8.55 seconds (60m), 29.34 (200m) and 67.05 (400m).

Also picking up multiple medals was Stan Seitz who claimed gold in both the pole vault and pentathlon for men 70 and over. In the men’s 50 and over category, Serge Faucher improved upon his bronze medal performance in the 400m a year ago to claim gold in a time 56.38 seconds while equaling his silver in the 200m. The 53 year old also joined up with Claude Faucher, Jim Dyck and Paul Osland to set a new Canadian record in the 4x400m with a time of 3:50.24.

Other medals from the championship came from Hazel Harding in the women’s 40 and over 400 (bronze) and Robert Muir in the men’s 50 and over 3000m (silver)