WINNERS ARE GRINNERS: George Megas, 80, brings home two gold medals from the Jupiters Pan Pacific Masters Games.
WINNERS ARE GRINNERS: George Megas, 80, brings home two gold medals from the Jupiters Pan Pacific Masters Games. Yvonne Gardiner

George shows he's a master with golden walk in the park

GEORGE Megas, 80, and the most senior athlete competing in November's 10.5km road race walk in Runaway Bay at the Jupiters Pan Pacific Masters Games, took home two gold medals.

George has been competing in road race walking for more than 20 years and has been a competitor in the Pan Pacific Masters since its inception in 1998, missing just one

year.

He came away with a gold medal in the 80-89 year division of the road race walk, and another in the 3km track race walk, this year and was very happy with his achievement, despite the hot and humid conditions.

"I did very well; I'm not sure about my time but it doesn't worry me," George said.

"I'm happy I finished the race."

Born in Alexandria, Egypt, to Greek parents, George was fortunate enough to represent his birth country in basketball, table tennis and indoor volleyball.

After moving to Australia, he again excelled at sport and represented NSW in the same three sports.

When he moved to the Gold Coast, George met some racewalkers who showed him the ropes of the sport and he took it from there.

"I like it because I can look after my health," he said.

"I enjoy being active."

He has continued to return to the Games for one main reason.

"I enjoy the friendships - making a lot of friends," he said.

George even has some words of wisdom for the next generation of road race walkers:

"Eat healthy."

He hopes to see more entrants in two years' time for the road race walking event.

"You'd be surprised what you get out of it," he said.

"You don't make friends just for the day, but afterwards as well.

"To take part in big events, I look forward to it."

The 10th Biennial Jupiters Pan Pacific Masters Games on the Gold Coast showcased competition in 43 sports and hosted 13,000 participants from Queensland, interstate and overseas.

If you're thinking about the future, you can find out more information online at: www.masters games .com.au/ppmg/.


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