A Gwinnett County Public Schools bus driver won gold and silver medals at the World Masters Track and Field Championship in Malaga, Spain. Emma McGowan, who drives a Special Education Bus and is the mother of twins, won gold in the 400 meter and also set an American record with her time. McGowan also won silver in the 200 meter. She says training is not easy, but she refuses to give up.
“I’m a competitive person in sports and as long as I can keep running with no major injuries I’ll keep going,” McGowan said.
The World Masters Track and Field Championships are the biennial championships for masters athletics events held under the auspices of World Masters Athletics. Athletes who compete in the World Masters Athletic events must be at least 35 years old. McGowan is now a two-time gold medal winner in the 100 meters, winning in 2016 at the World Masters Track and Field Championship in Perth, Australia and in 2015 in her native France.
“Being in the top three in the World in my new age group, Women 50, it’s going to push me even more to be the best,” McGowan said.
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