24 September 2013
It’s amazing that Tracey Zakazakaarcher can even find the time to compete in the Australian Masters Games in Geelong next month.
The 36-year-old medicine student and mother of eight has more than her hands full when it comes to commitments, but is unwavering in her comeback to competition after the birth of her last child.
Crediting a history in the navy for her time management skills, Zakazakaarcher manages to juggle eight young children and medicine studies with athletics and soccer coaching and a fitness regime that has seen her lose over 20kg in the last two years.
“It’s hard,” Zakazakaarcher says of her workload, “but what’s life without a bit of a challenge?”
“My children range from two to twelve, so they’re beginning to play sports of their own, which involves more travel.
“But now that I’ve stopped having children, I really wanted to get back in to running. I’m entering in the throwing events at this year’s Games, but I’ve already lost 21 kilos since my last child, so I’m really looking forward to getting back into it.”
Zakazakaarcher, from Traralgon in Victoria, is a great advocate for making the most out of life and encourages others to follow suit.
“Don’t not enter just because you think you’re not good enough. If you enjoy your sport that’s all that matters, and the Masters Games is such a friendly environment. You make a lot of new friends and it’s not all about winning. So don’t hold back, get out there and join in,” Zakazakaarcher said.
Proving that ‘life gets better with age’, Zakazakaarcher will to join up to 8,000 participants across 50 sports including athletics, basketball and golf through to drilldance and dragon boat in Geelong.
The Australian Masters Games, held from Saturday 5 to Saturday 12 October, is one of Australia’s largest multi sporting events. Entertainment and social activities including an opening and closing ceremony ensure it’s an event anyone 30 years and older should tick off their bucket list.
Mental as Anything and James Reyne will star at the opening ceremony whilst Pseudo Echo will headline the ‘Funky Town’ 80’s themed closing ceremony.
For further Australian Masters Games information and to register, visit www.AustralianMastersGames.com.
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