Rob Shaw - The Examiner - 12 May 2017
(Micheal Wilson, Tim O’Shannessey and John Gregory are looking forward to the Australian Masters Games. Picture: Paul Scambler)
Three icons of Tasmanian cycling are set to return to the saddle to represent their state on home soil at the Australian Masters Games.
Between them, Tim O’Shannessey, Michael Wilson and John Gregory reached the peak of Australian track, road and mountain biking and can’t wait to get the competitive juices flowing again when the 16th edition of the biennial sporting event is hosted in Northern Tasmania in October.
O’Shannessey, who won a bronze medal in the team pursuit at the 1996 Olympic Games, is eyeing the pursuit, points or scratch race when Launceston Silverdome hosts the cycling events of the Games, and is also considering tackling the time trial on the road at Ulverstone.
“It should be a good experience and is great for the state. It will be interesting to see how many people support it,” said the 44-year-old security officer on the Spirit of Tasmania....
More than 10,000 athletes and spectators will come together in Adelaide in 2019 for the 17th Australian Masters Games.
Tasmania’s North West has put on a show during eight days of memorable Australian Masters Games action, according to Games general manager Scott Wade.
It is impressive for anyone to take up a sport in their later years and compete as a Masters athlete, but starting out as a gymnast at the age of 60 is a remarkable achievement by Alexander Beernink.