When the Canadian Masters Championships concluded last weekend in Ste. Therese, Quebec, our team of Lions emerged with a pocketful of gold – 11 gold medals to be exact. The winnings were part of an overall haul of 18 medals from the championships including five silver and two bronze.
Leading the medal haul was Joe Paialunga, who amassed four medals including two gold over during the championship. Paialunga was golden in both the long jump (4.29m) and javelin (29.35m). On the sprint straightaways, the 60 year old was twice defeated by Grantley Blenman of the Gazelles track club in Toronto, but did manage to hold on to silver.
Veteran Stan Seitz was also able to secure two gold medals taking both of the vertical jumps in the M70 category. Seitz put forward seasonal best performances in both the high jump (1.30m) and pole vault (2.65m). He topped that off with a bronze in the long jump.
Other double gold medalists included sprinters Jennifer Morris and Wendy Alexis. Morris completed the sprint double in the W45 category – taking the 100m (14.52) and 200m (28.48). Alexis, competing in the W60 category, had similar victories in the 100m (14.49) and 200m (29.66).
Other medalists from Ste. Therese include:
Hazel Harding – Bronze W45 200m
Hazel Harding – Silver W45 400m
Liz Maguire – Gold W50 1500M
Danette Nearing-Guibord – Silver W55 100m
Danette Nearing-Guibord – Gold W55 200m|
Lawrence Williams – Silver M45 200m
Robert Muir – Gold M50 pentathlon