Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Athletes Share Bond Leading to World Games

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Athletes Share Bond Leading to World Games

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Byline: Matthew Lee

ALL athletes share a common bond when it comes to putting in the hard yards in training with the goal of realising a dream.

And for Gympie masters athletes Karel McClintock and Sue Maclean, the story is no different.

The pair have been in intense training over the last few months in preparation for the 2009 World Masters Games in Sydney.

Held between October 11 and 18, the World Masters Games cover a host of sports and are expected to expand the Sydney population by 25,000 people.

Many countries will be represented at the event, and McClintock and Maclean will represent Gympie in athletics.

McClintock will be taking part in shot put, discus, hammer throw and weight throw.

"I decided to drop javelin as it is my least preferred event, and I want to really focus on the other events," McClintock said.

Maclean will concentrate her efforts on the 100 metres, long jump and discus. She has put discus back in her repertoire after not competing in it for several years.

McClintock is no stranger to success and has a growing collection of medals from various masters events heaped into plastic bins - her trophy cabinet simply could not hold them all.

But ask any athlete and they will quickly say it's a good problem to have.

Setting goals is part of the process for McClintock, and she says she is aiming for top eight in each of her events.

"If I can achieve that, it would be a great result," she said.

"Anything beyond that would definitely be a bonus."

So far, McClintock's preparation is going extremely well.

"I have been training with Sue at Albert Park each week," she said.

"I personally have been doing weight work twice a week, working on my throwing twice a week and running once a week."

Just this week McClintock could be seen taking advantage of the Albert Park facilities undertaking a circuit program devised by her coach, Russell Stratton. …

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