Wednesday , October 5 2022

Toyohba athlete dominates Pan Pacific Masters Games



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INDOOR ROVING: There are five things that could slow Peter Roberts right now.

Five gold medals Pan Pacific Masters Games hang around his chest.

Roberts, who won silver this year at the Vortal Roving Indoor Virtual Sprint, said he was delighted with his performance during the Gold Coast event.

"The winning gold in five events against some top athletes is great," Roberts said.

"It was a small challenge in balancing my performance and recovery over two days and five events.

"It usually was a couple of hours between each event, it was well organized, so I was just focusing on recovery.

"I think I could be a little faster in 2000m, but I'm really happy at all."

Roberts competed in races of 100, 500, 1000m and 2000m, as well as a one-minute challenge – the winner decided who recorded the most meters in time.

The races were a different experience for a 51-year-old who got used to the virtual environment.

"I really liked the competition," he said.

"They were all set up and you could see on the screen and the big screen how you went and where you were accommodated.

"I was just focusing on my separated time and rowing my own race."

Roberts, whose 100-year-old time is an unofficial Australian record, attributed his success to devotion and hard work.

"I'm a lot in the gym," he said.

"I tend twice a week and three to four times a week.

"It's a lot of work, but competition, racing, give you the goal to work and I really enjoy it."

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