Jermacans competes at NT Masters
MARYBOROUGH'S Viddy Jermacans loves to travel. He also loves to compete in athletics.
Over the past couple of years he has been able to combine his two passions, competing in Masters Games events around the world – and competing pretty well at that.
He travelled to the Northern Territory last week to compete in the Alice Springs Masters Games.
His son lives in Alice Springs and it provided the perfect opportunity to catch up with his family – and he brought home six gold medals and two silvers from the Games as well.
He won gold medals in the men's 60-64 100m sprint, 800m, high jump, long jump, triple jump and in the pentathlon.
He also won silver medals in the 200m and 400m sprints.
Jermacans was impressed by the level of competition at the Games – and his standards are high.
He competed in Canada at the World Masters Indoor Championships in March, medalling in a relay event.
About 40 Australian athletes took part in the championships but it wasn't all about sport for Jermacans.
He loves Canada and has travelled there five or six times in the past few years.
In July, Jermacans went to Tahiti to compete in the Oceania Masters Athletics Championships, which is held every two years.
He did himself proud there too.
He broke the Oceania record in the men's 64 age group in the decathlon event and also broke the Queensland Masters state record.
He then flew straight from Tahiti to North America, where he competed in the Canadian Masters Athletics Championships and then the United States Master Athletics Championships, which were held in Sacramento.
He is planning to return to the US next year to compete in the championships again, which will be held in New Mexico.
Although he travels all around the world to compete in masters athletics, he hasn't forgotten about the Games in his own backyard.
Jermacans also took part in the Maryborough Masters Games this year and won the 100m sprint, 200m sprint, 400m sprint, 1500m race, the triple jump and the high jump in his age group.
Jermacans said competing in the masters events was a great way to see the world.
But he admits it is hard to keep going at times.
“When you compete all year round you do tend to run out of steam a little bit,” he said.
But he doesn't want to slow down either.
He will be heading to the Gold Coast in three weeks' time to compete in the Pan Pacific Masters Games – and you can bet he'll give it everything he's got.