A Nanaimo Track and Field Club member has raised the bar for what an 85-year-old track and field athlete can do.

Joe Giegerich set a new Canadian record for his age group this past weekend when cleared a 1.6-metre bar in the pole vault competition at the Trevor Craven Memorial track and field meet in Burnaby.

Giegerich “distinguished himself … in ways that go well beyond mere athleticism,” noted a Nanaimo Track and Field Club press release.

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