Jessica Dux returns from Oceania Masters Athletics with a swag of medals and personal bests

Returning home from the Oceania Masters Athletics Championships in Dunedin recently, Croydon’s Jessica Dux caused a few headaches for staff when departing through airport security.

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Returning home from the Oceania Masters Athletics Championships in Dunedin recently, Croydon’s Jessica Dux caused a few headaches for staff when departing through airport security.

After claiming gold in pentathlon, heptathlon and 200m, as well as five silvers in individual events and a further two in relays, the 33-year-old had quite a cargo.

Jessica Dux at the Croydon Athletics Track last weekend. Picture: Mark Dadswell
“Yep, it rattled a bit,” she quipped. “I had to empty my backpack in both Dunedin and Auckland security as it came up as a big black spot on the x-ray.”

While being nudged into second place so many times would have been frustrating for most, Dux returned across the Tasman with a string of personal best times longer than the straight at her Croydon home track.

“It was very surprising for me,” she said. “I’d been stuck doing the same times for a while, but everything I did was a PB. Running against people my own age, in AV Shield I’m up against kids.”

The mother of three — one seven, one almost five and one three — said masters athletics reminded her a lot of when she first started as an eight year old in little aths.

“I couldn’t have landed on my feet with a nicer bunch of people,” she said of the Croydon masters. “I’m the baby and you’re competing with athletes in their 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s and they’re still running and still loving it.

“So I hope I can keep doing it when I’m their age.

“It sort of comes full circle. You start in little aths and it’s all fun and that kind of gets lost in senior athletics. And then you come back into masters and it’s fun and social again.”

With her two oldest just beginning their time in the sport at Croydon Little Athletics, Dux said being involved in masters athletics allowed her to share the sport with her children.

“I’ve got to keep going now, you can’t be slow compared to the kids,” she laughed. “(And) you can promote the personal bests, not just the medals.”

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