The XX WMA Championship were held from October 16-27, in Porto Alegre, Brazil. This was the first time that the WMA Championships were held in South America. Of the 70 Canadians entered in the meet, 17 were from BC. In total, over 4000 athletes over the age of 35, from more than 80 countries were entered in the meet.
Ninety-four-year-old Olga Kotelko and 76-year-old Christa Bortignon were two of the stars for Team Canada. Together they won 17 (Olga 9 and Christa 8) of the 28 Gold medals won by Team Canada. Olga won gold in the 100m, 200m, high jump, long jump, triple jump, shot put, discus, javelin and weight. Christa won gold in the 100m, 200m, 400m, 80m hurdles, 200m hurdles, long jump, triple jump and heptathlon.
Other BC athletes winning medals were: Tom Dickson M60 won 2 silver medals in the 100m and 200m while Marg Radcliffe W70 won 2 bronze medals in the high jump and javelin. Marek Glowacki M70 also won 2 medals, a silver in the shot put and a bronze in the weight pentathlon. Winning bronze medals were Graham Morfitt M45 in the Weight pentathlon, Andrew Tuovinen M50 in the 1500m and Harold Morioka M70 in the 300m hurdles.
Other top finishes by BC athletes were: Debbie Jordan W55 800m (4th), Graham Morfitt M45 javelin (4th), Marg Radcliffe M70 100m (5th), Roy Turkington M60 long jump (6th) and Andrew Tuovinen M50 800m.
At the closing ceremonies, Christa Bortignon was announced as the winner of the WMA “Female Athlete of the Year”. During the past 12 months, Christa broke 8 World records.
The next WMA Outdoor Championships will be in Lyon, France, from August 4-16, 2015.