EVEN a bad back couldn't stop axeman Bill Youd at last week's Australian Masters Games in Geelong.
Youd came away with a swag of medals and enjoyed the experience of competing in the national masters for the first time.
He won gold medals in the underhand championship, double-handed sawing and axe throwing and silver medals in the hard hitting and standing block events.
``I put my back out when I was doing a bit of training the week before the masters and it got to the stage where I had to visit a chiropractor while I was in Geelong,'' he said.
Youd was satisfied with his performances and considered the trip to the chiropractor as very beneficial.
The 74-year-old, of Deloraine, was one of only two Tasmanian axemen competing along with his sawing partner Gerald Stubbs from the North-West.
``Gerald had a really good carnival and it is the best I've seen him compete for a long time,'' he said.
Stubbs took out the double handed sawing and finished ahead of Youd in the hard hitting and standing block titles.
Youd and his wife Marg took advantage of the Australian Masters to also spend some time with their daughter Carey, who lives at nearby Leopold.
Youd was able to present his three winning medallions to his grandchildren Chelsea, 14, Lachlan, 11, and Thomas, 9.
``They all take an interest in sport and were a good cheer squad for me,'' he said.
During his heyday, Youd was one of Australia's best axemen, with tree felling his specialist event.
He won multiple world titles and took out the Melbourne Show tree felling 19 times.
Devonport distance runner Allan Bakes dominated his men's 70-74 age group, winning the 800 metre, 1500m, 5000m and 10,000m events.