Boivin, Erskine shine at nationals
Have you ever seen a 75-year-old woman compete in triple jump?
How about an 82-year-old doing shot-put?
It's no big deal for Gwen Boivin and her sister Doreen Erskine. The two Moose Jaw natives returned from the Canadian Masters Track & Field Competition with an impressive medal haul - 10 shiny pieces of hardware between them.
Boivin, 75, earned gold in the long jump, high jump, and triple jump events, setting a national record in the latter by more than a metre. She added silver finishes in the 100m, 200m and 400m races.
Erskine, 82, picked up a gold in javelin, a silver in discus, and bronze medals for the 100m and shot-put events.
The ladies are proud of their accomplishments, but they want more than medals. They want to inspire others - seniors, in particular - to get active.
Erskine noted that at the Masters event - held in Kamloops, B.C., July 17 to 19 - the locals had no idea anything was going on.
For more, pick up Tuesday's Times-Herald