World Masters Games 2017

Mary Barrett (Loughrea AC) was among the 25,000 competitors from all over the world who took part in the World Masters Games 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand from the 21st to 30th April.

This is the one of the world’s largest multi-sport events, held every 4 years. It is the pinnacle sporting event for masters competitors worldwide. The Games has competitors in 28 different sports.

In Mary’s own words this is the Olympics for older people.

The first ever games were held in Toronto, Canada in 1985. Since then seven other cities have embraced the global event including Sydney in 2009 and Torino in 2013.

Mary’s first event was last week in the discus where she finished 4th, just 6cm short of the bronze medal.

Last weekend Mary claimed the gold medal in the high jump. Due to an ongoing knee injury, this was her first high jump competition since competing in the British Masters in Birmingham in September.

Mary only decided on Sunday to compete in the high jump!!

Two more gold medals followed, in the hurdles and Shot Putt.

In her final event Mary had another 4th place, this time in the javelin

The long trip to New Zealand, via Dubai and Melbourne was a productive one culminating in 3 gold medals and two 4th places.