New Aussie Breaks Games Record

An athlete who was made an Australian citizen a week ago, has broken an Alice Springs Masters Games record for high jump.

Volodymyr Shelever cleared 1.64m yesterday, eclipsing the Games record of 1.5m in the 55-59 age division.

The 55-year-old who originally hails from Ukraine decided to compete for the first time at the Alice Springs Games as a “bit of fun”.

“The competition here is on grass. I normally jump on a combination of grass and track surface,” he said.

“I haven’t been training because I have had a back injury so I am happy with the jump.”

Shelever was a professional athlete for 10 years in the Ukraine. He attended the South Australian Masters Games in 2007, where he took out an Australian record with a jump of 1.84m for the over-45 year category.

He is now a lifeguard in Sydney and also coaches high jump at several schools, including Scots College.

Shelever said he has enjoyed his experience in Alice Springs.

“It’s a very good Games,” he said.

“The people are nice; the place is nice; everything is nice.

“I think I might come back in two years.”