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Noela ready for more gold

Noela Bameld will compete in the Pan Pacific Masters Games. Photo Vicki Wood / Caboolture News
Noela Bameld will compete in the Pan Pacific Masters Games. Photo Vicki Wood / Caboolture News Vicki Wood/sca241012noela

AT the past two Pan Pacific Masters Games on the Gold Coast, Noela Bameld from Caboolture returned home with gold in every athletics event she entered and her aim is to do it all again this November.

The 59-year-old has been competing in major masters competitions for close to 20 years and in that time she has only missed one Pan Pacific Masters Games, an event where she has been hugely successful.

"I got into masters sport and athletics because my husband was a former long-distance runner and my passion for the sport stemmed from there," said Noela.

"I competed at the first Pan Pacs in 1998 and have competed at every one except for the year 2000 when I missed out due to injury.

"At the 2008 and 2010 events I won gold in all of my events which included the 60m, 100m, 200m and long jump which I will be competing in again this year."

Despite her success at the Pan Pacific Masters Games, Noela admits it's not always about winning, rather a chance to catch up with old friends and have some fun with the girls she trains with.

"I've kept on competing because it's about the people you meet and the friends you make," said Noela.

"The Pan Pacs is also about catching up with people, particularly for me, it has been with people from other states that I often don't get the chance to see."

Noela has also competed at the World Masters Games and the Australian Masters Games and believes if she remains healthy, there will be many more masters competitions on the horizon.

"I hope there will be a few more masters games in the future, it just depends on how the body holds up," Noela said.

"I guess when you're nearing 60, you've got to hope the next year will be just as good.

"Sometimes you've just got to give it a go."

The eighth Pan Pacific Masters Games will be held from November 3-11 on the Gold Coast.

An anticipated 12,000 participants from Queensland, interstate and overseas will converge on the Gold Coast to compete across 38 sports and enjoy a jam-packed entertainment program at the Games Village.

The biennial Pan Pacific Masters Games have no qualifying standards except that competitors meet the minimum age requirement for their sport, which for the majority is 30 years of age.

Visit mastersgames.com.au.

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