RAJWINDER Singh has finally secured gold.
The Tatura athlete picked up the shotput for the first time in 26 years last year, going on to win silver at the World Masters Athletics Championships.
But at the recent Australian Masters Athletics Championships, Singh stood atop the podium in the 50-55 age group category.
Singh, 50, was thrilled to wear a gold medal around her neck at the tournament in Darwin after training diligently in the lead up.
‘‘I’m so happy. It was really beautiful (in Darwin). It was over 30 degrees every day and with beautiful weather I didn’t want to come back,’’ she said.
Singh threw 12.54m to win gold, just short of her personal best of 12.74m.
Her Indian coach was instrumental in her return to the discipline last year, with Singh keeping in contact with him in the lead in to the tournament.
‘‘He’s in India, so I just talk to him on the phone or Facetime and get some tips,’’ she said.
But the former Indian national shot put champion has also begun splitting her time with discus, already making major inroads in the sport.
And like her instant triumph in shotput, it has already transferred across to discus where she claimed bronze in Darwin.
‘‘This is the first time I participated in discus and the way I did it over there was so good for me, there was only a three metre difference between me and the gold medal,’’ Singh said.
Returning to shot put has opened up a myriad of doors for travel for the Tatura local.
Prior to the Australian Masters Championships, Singh travelled to South Korea for the World Masters Athletics Championships, where she was thrilled to win bronze.
A possible trip to the Northern Hemisphere to enjoy the European weather awaits for Singh, aiming to gain a gold on foreign soil.
‘‘Next I’m trying to get into the Australian World Masters Championships Games in October and then there’s another event in Spain and that’s the World Masters Games in March next year,’’ she said.