A 95-year-old Rexdale man recently racked up nine gold medals and three Canadian records as the oldest track-and-field competitor at the 2018 Canadian Masters Athletics Outdoor Championships.
Atter Singh Sekhon, who was the only competitor in his age category, wound up atop the podium in all nine events he entered during this year’s competition for Canada’s top athletes aged 35 and over, which took place at South Surrey Athletic Park in Surrey, BC from Aug. 3 to 5.
“He was the eldest athlete in the track-and-field competition, so he became a source of inspiration to people of all levels of age,” Joginder Singh Sekhon said of his Punjabi-, Urdu- and Hindi-speaking father, who immigrated to Canada from India in 1988.
According to the Canadian Masters official results, Sekhon won gold in the throws pentathlon for men aged 90-99, as well as in the shot put, javelin throw, hammer throw, discus, and weight throw events, and in the 100-metre, 200-metre and 400-metre dashes for men aged 95 and up.
He also broke three Canadian records during the three-day championships, which drew 327 athletes from nearly every province across Canada (except Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland/Labrador), as well those from the U.S., New Zealand and India.
Sekhon set new national records in the M95 400-metre run with a time of 2:35.90, in the M95 javelin event with a throw of 10.40 metres, and in the M90-99 throws pentathlon with a total of 2001 points.
“My father has a very high spirit and he’s always been very active. He’s like a teenager,” Joginder laughed, noting that his father hasn’t let his success at this month’s Master’s competition slow him down one bit.
“He plans on doing all the indoor and outdoor competitions – including the World Masters Athletics Championships coming here to Toronto in 2020. He’s preparing for that now.”
His father’s hope, Joginder added, is that his successes will inspire others to live healthy, active lifestyles, too.
“He says he’s doing this to encourage people of every level of age to take active part in games and athletic events,” he said. “To both young and old people, he says ‘If I can do it, you can do it, to