Erskine athlete receives accolade after 60 years in competition


James Davis with his senior sports person of the year award.
James Davis with his senior sports person of the year award.

ERSKINE athlete James Davis, who has been competing in athletic events for more than 60 years, was named as the senior sports person of the year at the City of Mandurah’s 2016 sports star awards week.

Davis (82) is vision-impaired and recently competed in the World Masters Athletics Championships in Perth, where he came fourth in four events – shot put, heavyweights, discus and throwing pentathlon competition.

He also won six gold medals at the Australian Masters Athletics national championships in Adelaide held in April.

Davis said he enjoyed the camaraderie at these events and while the participants were friendly, they were also competitive.

“It was a good challenge and you get to meet some really nice people,” he said.

“It’s a social event in many ways.”

Davis enjoyed keeping fit and thanked his training partner Ossie Igel and residents at the Bridgewater Lifestyle Village for transporting him to Rushton Park for his training sessions.

He said Igel was a good training partner and motivator.

“He has been fantastic and I wouldn’t be able to train without because I’m visually impaired and can’t drive,” he said.

He has recently been training six days a week, but his regime varies according to his competition program.

Davis said he enjoyed keeping fit and it was important to stay healthy.

“If you can maintain a certain level of fitness it makes life much easier,” he said.

“It’s also good for me to keep busy; you need things to do and pursue different activities.”

He encouraged other seniors to embrace an active lifestyle.