AGE is no barrier for Ballarat athletes Michael Kaufmann, Dex Rix and Brian Mullane, all of whom have claimed medals at this week’s Australian Masters Games held in Geelong.
Kaufmann and Rix competed in the indoor rowing events, with Kaufmann smashing the Australian record and posting the third-fastest time in the world this year with a one-minute and 23-second result in the 50-55 year-old 500-metre event.
Rix claimed gold in the 55-60 age bracket for the 2000-metre contest, finishing in six minutes and 40 seconds.
Mullane finished with silver medals in the high jump and long jump categories, posting results of 1.25 metres and 3.49 metres respectively.
Kaufmann has spent several months training vigorously for the event at Fitness Avenue, while Mullane – who overcame cancer 10 years ago – trained by jumping over fences and gates at his farm.
Mullane, who played 350 games of football for Ballan and East Ballarat in the Central Highlands and Ballarat Football Leagues, has a strong sporting background, previously winning the high jump at the last
Masters Games in Sydney, posting the fifth-best time in the world.
“I’m very lucky to have the chance to compete at these games – we all are,” Mullane said.
“When you get to my age (72), it means a lot to still be able to get out there and compete.”
More than 8000 athletes have converged on Geelong for the Masters Games, which are held every four years and are currently running from October 5-12.