Like Father like Daughter

It’s all in the family for Gold Coaster Emily Bodsworth who is aiming to beat her father’s athletics feats at the 2010 Pan Pacific Masters Games on the Gold Coast [ 6th –14th November].

At 30 years of age, the Coolangatta athlete has just scraped through the age qualification to compete at her first Pan Pacs in track and field events.

Emily will take part in the sprints, throws and long jump – events she watched her father Bruce Bodsworth compete in at Masters competitions when she was a child.

Athletics is just one of 34 sports on the program at this major biennial event which has already attracted a record 10,000 competitors from all over the world.

No qualifying times are required to enter the Masters Games, the only criteria is a minimum age requirement of 30 years of age allowing Emily to just make the cut-off age.

“I competed at high school but I’ve had a break for 10 years,” Ms Bodsworth said.

“I got back into it for health and fitness and I joined the Gold Coast Masters Athletics Club.”

The Nerang Primary School teacher said now she’s old enough, she will compete against her father and hopefully come home with more wins than him.

“My aim is to beat my dad,” she said.

“He’s been doing it for years and I think he might even have a couple of records.

“He’s 30 years older than me so I’ve been watching him compete since I was young,” she said.

Bruce is the current holder of the Games record for the men aged 55-59 400m long hurdles with a time of 67.47s, but Emily insists it’s her turn to bring home the gold this time.

“There is massive rivalry between me and dad,” she said.

“It’s daughter against father!”

Emily and Bruce will start their competition at 10:00am on Saturday 6th November at the Gold Coast City Athletics Track.