‘Masters Australia is inspirational’

CHERRYBROOK athlete Jill Taylor’s foray into track and field a dozen years ago makes her a late bloomer but her results in the Oceania Masters Athletics Championships validate her talent.

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CHERRYBROOK athlete Jill Taylor’s foray into track and field a dozen years ago makes her a late bloomer but her results in the Oceania Masters Athletics Championships validate her talent.

Taylor, 62, clinched four golds in hammer throw, shot put, weight throw and pentathlon at the international tournament in Dunedin, New Zealand, last month. The results included 8.08m in shot put and 62m in weight throw.

She also grabbed two silver medals for javelin and discus during her sixth Oceania competition, held biennially.

Jill Taylor is gearing up for national and international challenges. Picture: Angelo Velardo

Despite no personal best times being set, the results provide a solid platform for Taylor ahead of the Australian Masters’ Athletics Championships in Perth in April.

She will compete in the same events and then train for the World Masters Athletics Outdoor Championships in Malaga, Spain, in September, where the competition will be extra fierce.

“Being in Spain you’re going to get a lot of Germans and Finns that can really throw — they’re big girls,’’ Taylor said.

Taylor’s medal haul comprised four gold and two silver medals.

Taylor has amassed a haul of achievements — including the indoor world champion title when she claimed gold in the hammer throw and 60m hurdles at the World Masters Athletics Indoor Champions in South Korea in March.

The Masters’ field starts from athletes from 35 and Taylor’s rivals are aged between 60 and 65.

Taylor, an executive assistant, joined Masters when she was 50 and has competed at the international level since 2011.


Taylor changed her habits when she was 50. Picture: Angelo Velardo

“It’s something I started late in life and I didn’t do athletics at school,’’ she said.

“I got to 50 and I was getting a bit tired of soccer and it was a natural change.”

John Clark coaches her and her Cherrybrook teammates include Robert Clark and fellow indoor world champ Sally Stagles.

“I’m very proud what I’ve done with little or no experience but I’ve got a great coach,’’ Taylor said.

“Being involved in Masters Australia is inspirational.

“So many people who don’t embrace sport and are retiring and feel like they’re on the downhill run take it up and it’s an inspirational crowd to be around.

“It’s such an inclusive and friendly atmosphere.

“We always say it’s never too late and you’re never too old.”

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