Dedicated Norwood eyes more national title glory
IPSWICH'S masters sportsperson of the year Darrin Norwood is already looking to major competition in 2013 after finishing his competitive year on a high.
Norwood won the prestigious 2012 title at the Ipswich Sports Awards function on November 3, held the same weekend as he competed at the Pan Pacific Games at the Gold Coast.
After lining up in two events on the Saturday, he drove back to Ipswich for the awards dinner before returning to the coast to complete his athletics mission on the Sunday and Monday.
Norwood's reward was a gold, three silver and two bronze medals at the Gold Coast University.
"It was really hot, in the high 30s," Norwood said. "That does drain it out of you a little bit."
Norwood's gold medal was in the javelin.
He won silver in the discus, shotput and weight pentathlon.
His bronze medals were in the hammer and weight throw.
The Ipswich athlete achieved personal bests in the weight throw (10.01m) and weight pentathlon.
After being told earlier in the year to give up sprinting events due to knee reconstructions, Norwood was pleased how he performed.
"I got through really good," Norwood said.
"I haven't really had that much time to train over the past couple of months.
"It gives me a platform to work on."
His next major goal is the national masters championships in Canberra over Easter.
"If my body holds out, I want to do another nationals for the open decathlon which is a week later in Sydney," he said.
"I'm going to focus more on the weight training side of things."
Norwood enjoyed the higher-level competition at the Gold Coast against athletes from around Australia and Japan.
Norwood was a popular winner at the QT-City of Ipswich Sports Award gala dinner, having achieved so much in masters competition earlier this year.
"It was an awesome night," Norwood said.
In accepting his award, he made special mention of his wife Sarah, a strong supporter of his sporting career.