Ipswich athlete Darrin Norwood displays his medal-winning form at this year's world masters championships in Perth.
Ipswich athlete Darrin Norwood displays his medal-winning form at this year's world masters championships in Perth.

World ambitions still burn, maybe after a break

IPSWICH'S Masters Sportsperson of the Year Darrin Norwood is keeping his options open about competing at a future world championships.

Having won two silver medals and a bronze at this year's World Masters Athletics Championships in Perth, Norwood revealed his ongoing competitive streak.

"Now that I look back on it, I'm extremely proud of what I've achieved,'' the Ipswich and District Athletic Club achiever said.

"But there's always that little doubt over whether you could have been the world champion if certain things had of went your way.''

He was referring to his efforts in a sport where centrimetres can decide winning a medal or just missing out.

After a number of years of national and international success, Norwood is having this season off major competition.

He's planning to have a run with the Ipswich Koalas in masters rugby league before deciding whether to continue playing for the Ipswich Eagles in the QFA Division 3 competition next season.

"We'll just see how my body pulls up,'' he said, having been recognised at the AFLQ awards night.

Norwood won the top goal kicker in Reserve Grade with 47 for the season.

"I've been training pretty hard over the last five weeks,'' he said.

"Hopefully, if I've got the drive to keep going by March next year, I'll have another run.''

While taking some time out, Norwood is also getting some corrective surgery on his nose.

"It's just getting straightened so I can breathe a little bit better during the night,'' the Raceview-based sportsman said.

Aged 38, the personal trainer hasn't ruled out returning to major athletics competition after his break.

He's adamant he'll miss next year's world titles in Spain but may consider future international competitions.

"I've got a little bit of time to play with,'' he said.

The popular athlete appreciated his latest City of Ipswich Sports Awards accolade, adding to previous honours for his many achievements.

Norwood won silver medals at world masters level in throws pentathlon and with a personal best in the weights throw.

The allrounder added a bronze medal in the shotput, coming fourth in javelin and fifth in discus and hammer throw.

Although not competing this season, he's coaching at Ipswich Girls' Grammar and Brigidine College, working with the new generation of young athletes.

He's helping them develop a range of disciplines, mainly heptathlon events.

Being a coach has given Norwood valuable insights into what athletes need to improve.

That's why he was thrilled to see experienced Ipswich and District Athletic Club mentor Michael Moore receive this year's Coach of the Year award.

"He's got some good athletes,'' Norwood said, having worked with Moore before his successful nationals campaign.

"I think he's more technical but very approachable.

"He adapts if you can't pick that technique up. He'll work another way around it.''

Proud Ipswich clubman Norwood is always among the first to praise fellow athletes.

"We seem to be doing quite well at the moment,'' he said of the club based at Bill Paterson Oval.

"It's onwards and upwards for next year for the Com Games for a couple of athletes. Hopefully they'll take the club that one step further.''



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