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Ready to hit the track running at 80
Anne Young in training for the track and road running events at the Australian Masters Games.
Photo: Graham Tidy
With 64 half-marathons and three
marathons already under her belt,
80-year-old athlete Anne Young is
ready to hit the track at the 15th
Australian Masters Games in
The Pearce resident is an avid long-
distance runner and will join more
than 10,000 participants from across
Australia at the week-long multisport
festival from October 3 to 10.
I'm doing the 800 metres, the 1500
metres, the 5km on the track as well as
the street mile and the cross country,''
"This will be my 10th participation
in the Australian Masters Games."
Young became involved in athletics
in the late 1980s and recalled that it
was her son's interest in running that
rubbed off on her.
I have been travelling around
Australia for 30 years since running in
events,'' she said.
"My most successful of the games
that I have gone to was in 2009 when
Sydney hosted the World Games.
I won gold in the half marathon,
bronze in the 10km road race and 5km
on the track.
That was when I was in the
women's 70-74 category; this year I
will race in the 80-84 category."
Reaching the higher age categories
meant the number of competitors had
dwindled but Young said that hadn't
shaken her drive.
For her, athletics had always been
about pushing her limits.
"I like the atmosphere but really it is
about competing against yourself," she
said. "I do consider myself very lucky
to still be doing what I am at my age
but I am not the only one; there are
plenty out there like me."
After living 44 years in Pearce,
Young knows the local tracks well.
She favours rising early and
sneaking in quiet moments on foot in
the morning light.
"If I am training for a half marathon,
I go out with a friend and we do longer
sessions otherwise I like getting out
early on my own because at that time
it is so peaceful.
It's hard to do in the middle of
winter here in Canberra but I still do
it,'' she said.
under a spotlight
Is it time for a green revolution in
terms of what we eat?
The Canberra Environment Centre
and Conservation Council ACT are
putting the spotlight on food
sovereignty on Wednesday night.
Food sovereignty, a term devised by
La Via Campesina, gives communities
control over how their food is
produced, traded and consumed.
Questions will be raised at the Q and
A-style event, with four panel
members putting forward answers and
ideas for consideration.
In the hot seats are Greens MLA
Shane Rattenbury, Nick Rose of the
Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance,
Ginger Catering's Janet Jeffs and
Penny Kothe of Caroola Farm. Among
the issues to be considered is whether
the ACT needs a food policy or not.
The discussion is on September 30
from 6pm to 8pm at the ACT
Visit ecoaction.com.au to register
for the event.
HOLLOWS AWARDS A
TRIBUTE TO STUDENTS
Twenty-nine ACT primary school
students have been recognised for their
community citizenship and
compassion through the Fred Hollows
Humanity Awards. The awards
celebrate the contributions primary
school students are making in their
school or community. The Fred
Hollows Foundation, with the support
of the Education and Training
Directorate, has run the awards for
four years in the ACT.
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