THE Shoalhaven’s finest sport stars are doing the area and their country proud at the recent World Masters Games in Italy, Italy from August 2 to 11.
Wrights Beach kayaker Dianne Chellew made a comeback after a knee replacement to sweep the field at the games.
Chellew did the best of the Australian paddlers to claim eight medals out of 10 events.
She won two gold, two silver and four bronze over every distance from 200 metre sprint to the marathon and in singles, doubles and fours crafts.
“I had a ball and made lots of new friends,” she said.
“I have already been asked to paddle mixed doubles with the Ukraine men in Auckland in 2017. A German lady also asked me if I would partner her in the women’s doubles in Auckland.”
Chellew will remain in Europe for a short rest before she prepares for the Marathon Canoe World Championships in Copenhagen in September.
A contingent of rowers from Shoalhaven Rowing Club also did well with a collection of silver and bronze medals despite 40 degree temperatures and high humidity.
Mary Ambrose won silver as coxswain for an Australian women’s four and achieved a personal best in a single scull.
Simone Jones and Linda Eddington won silver and bronze medals competing in a combined Australian women’s eight crew.
David Eddington, Dean Watts and Chris Turner won silver in an Australian men’s eight event.
Dean Watts and Chris Turner won silver competing in the Australian men’s quad.
The Bomaderry Tigers Football Club sent an over 45s team over to represent the Shoalhaven and the men did the area proud.
The Tigers made it all the way to the quarter-finals to play a Canadian representative team from Calgary, which had won their previous five games.
The score was nil-all at full-time and the men went into a penalty shootout.
Unfortunately the Canadian team managed to secure more goals and take the win win 4-2 on penalties.
Team spokesman Alan Barnes said the team had a lot of fun and were already planning for the over 50s in Auckland in 2017.
Bangalee runner Linda Weatherill also flew the flag for the Shoalhaven and took gold in the women’s over 50s 1500 metre event held on August 5.
Weatherill beat three runners from Germany to win gold in a time of 5:29.92.