Joe Gough, the World Masters athlete of the year is to open the Iverk Show on Saturday.

“I am thrilled to be asked” he told chairman Robert Dowley

With multiple European and World titles to his name, Joe enjoyed arguably his best 12 months in 2018, the highlight being double gold in the over-65 division at the World Masters Athletic Championships in Malaga.

In his preferred event, the 800m, Gough ran 2:16.37 to set a new European record, before winning his first 1,500m world medal. He also completed a European Master indoor double in Madrid earlier in the year, and set an O/65 world record over 800m.

World Masters Athletics (WMA) is the worldwide governing body of the sport, for track and field, cross country and road: originally founded as the World Association of Veteran Athletes, in 1977, it became the WMA in 2001, and follows all the rules and event specifications of the IAAF, the governing body of world athletics

Joe, who competes with West Waterford AC, also picked up the Masters Athlete of the year at the Athletics Ireland awards. The highlight of 2018, he admits, was his double World gold, completing his unbeaten championship run of the year.

“I’d won the 800m before, but never the 1500m. I took a decision to train for it, go for gold, which was a big challenge, because I’m not really a 1500m runner. To win it and break the Irish, and also broke the European record to win the 800m, means the World Championships were very satisfying.

Joe Gough’s Master Athletics success, 2018

Indoor

Munster Championships: 1st 200m/400m (Nenagh)

National Championships: 1st 200m/400m/800m (Athlone)

European Championships: 1st 800m/1500m(Madrid)

Irish Records O/65 200m/400m/800m/1,500m

World Record O/65 in the 800m (Abbotstown)

Road

Munster Championship 4 Mile. (Castlelyons)

Outdoor

Munster Championships 1st 400m (Castleisland)

National Championships 1st 800m (Tullamore)

World Championships 1st 800/1,500m (Malaga)

Irish Records in the 400m ,800m/1,500m

European Record O/65 800m.

Cross Country

Munster Championships 1st (Clarecastle)

Awards

Munster Athletics International Athlete of the Year; Irish Master Athlete of the Year; European Master Athlete of the Year (Middle distance); World Master Athlete of the Year (Middle distance).