Brimming with joy after Games
WHEN Julie Brims went to compete in Finland at the World Masters Games, she wasn’t expecting to come home with four gold medals and one bronze – but that’s exactly what she did.
Brims, who grew up in Maryborough, raced in the 100m, 200m and 400m individual events and in the 4x1 and 4x4 relay events.
She also helped to set a new world record in the 4x1 relay.
Brims also usually competes in the long jump, high jump and javelin but because of an ankle injury she was unable to put in the preparation needed for the events.
Brims won gold in all but the 400m event, which she entered competitively for the first time “just to give me something to do for the last couple of days”.
Brims wasn’t even expecting to make it through her heats, let alone to the final, but when she compared her times to the ones others were recording she realised she was in with a chance of getting a place and gave the event her all.
Before the World Masters Games got underway, Brims was unsure how she would go in any of her events, let alone one she had no experience in.
Looking around at the others competing against her, Brims said she felt a bit nervous.
“I wasn’t running anywhere near the times that I did before I went over there,” she said.
While she was impressed by the quaility and standard of the competition she didn’t allow herself to be overawed by it.
“When I started to get some speed back in the 100, the 200 came pretty easy.”
Brims has big plans for next year and is planning to head to Canada to compete in the Masters Association Indoor Championship.
“I’ve started training for that now,” she said.