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Hemsby masters athlete sets his sights on competing in world championships in Daegu

PUBLISHED: 16:55 16 November 2016 | UPDATED: 16:55 16 November 2016

Kevin in this years M55 60 metres at the British Championship where he won the gold medal. Third from left.

Kevin in this years M55 60 metres at the British Championship where he won the gold medal. Third from left.

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A 59 year old athlete is looking to raise £1,000 as he sets his sights on competing in Daegu.

Kevin Burgess, of Hemsby, has competed for more than two decades in masters athletics, winning 38 medals at world, European and British level.

His next goal is to compete at the World Indoor Masters Athletics Championships, which will be based in the South Korean city in March.

By the time he would compete, he will be 60 years old, and he is hoping to realise his dream of winning a world gold medal.

He said: “The last few years have been tough as I have had to overcome a series of physical problems which meant that for a period of about 9 years I was unable to train or compete to my maximum ability.

“This year at the European Indoor Championship in Ancona, Italy I was 5th in the final of the M55 (mens 55 to 59 category) 60 metres despite being the oldest in the race. I recorded a time of 7.76 seconds which was my fastest time for 7 years.

“If I am able to replicate that time next year when I am 60 it will equal a long standing British record in the 60+ age category.

“It will also give a real opportunity to win a medal at the next World Indoor Championship in Daegu.”

Masters athletes receive no funding and have to pay for their own entry fees, travel and accommodation from their own funds.

Mr Burgess said: “This is the first time I have had to ask for financial help this way and any donation however small will help me to make the trip and try to win the one medal that has so far eluded me and that is a World Individual Gold Medal.”

He has created a Just Giving Page which so far has raised just under £400.

If you want to add to the donations visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/roadtoDaegu

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