2022 WMA Best Athletes: David Carr

This is the time we look back on 2022 and reflect on many wonderful international and national championships. The atmosphere at championships was often electric. Congratulations to all Masters Athletes for your accomplishments! It was obvious you were excited to be competing.

WMA Council agreed to have WMA Regions nominate athletes who had competed at their national, regional or WMAchampionships. Our nominating panel researched athletes meeting the criteria and nominated five females and five males:

Female: Somsanga Boonnok, W67; Thailand, Anne Gilshinan, W58, Ireland; Carol LaFayette-Boyd, W80, Canada; Janeth Tenorio Caicedo, W63, Columbia; and Jacqueline Wilson, W76, New Zealand;

Male: Salem Musaed Al Ahmadi, M53, Saudi Arabia; David Carr, M90, Australia; Michael Kish, M71 , United States; Esa Kiuru, M75, Finland; and José Quiñaliza, M61, Ecuador;

Congratulations to all the nominees. I am honored to introduce our 2022 Best Athletes, Carol LaFayette-Boyd and David Carr.

2022 Male Best Athlete:  David Carr, M90, Australia;

Please tell us about yourself.

My wife, Patricia, who was a very good LJ and TJ athlete winning gold in the TJ at WMA championships Melbourne 1987. Pat is no longer competing but still has the state LJ & TJ records for W 65,70,75. We have three children. Therese occasionally attends and competes in MAWA events as she did at the road run of 4 K yesterday. My first career was in the navy and in my 20’s I became a secondary school teacher. When I retired, I he was vice principle of a senior secondary school in Perth.

One cannot achieve much without friends, family, clubmates, officials and helpers. Our family was involved with Little Athletics. My daughter, Therese, was the fourth woman in WA to complete a marathon (People’s Marathon 1979 – 3h:33m) and daughter, Peta, won the City to Surf (1975). Patricia upstaged me in Melbourne (1987), with gold and a World record in the W55 triple jump. They all understand the joys and grind of the sport. MAWA has always provided the structure, organisation, venues, events and competitions for athletes of all disciplines.

What was your most memorable or noteworthy masters athletics accomplishment in 2022?

Five Gold medals in Tampere. 400 to 5000 including steeple.

Six world records in the M 90 division.

MAWA has Thursday evening track and field events and qualified Athletics WA officials have been in attendance to make sure things are properly done.

What are you most looking forward to in the coming year?

To set a M 90 800 m record. A favoured event but I do not have this record.

Great battles with Earl Fee in WMA championships are remembered. Porto Rico 2003 was a classic.

What else would you like people reading the announcement of nominees and winners to know about you?

Coaching of younger athletes at MAWA a number of whom have set world records and been placed at WMA championships