Edwin Flack award for Lavinia Petrie
Congratulations Lavinia Petrie on your Edwin Flack 2015 award..
Two Victorian athletes with diverse careers in the sport have been named by Athletics Australia as the recipients of its prestigious Edwin Flack Award for 2015 and 2016 respectively.
The Award acknowledges distinguished service to the sport by athletes only. Named in honour of this country’s first ever Olympian and gold medallist, just one award is made in respect of each year.
Whilst distance runner Lavinia Petrie (2015) and thrower Russell Short (2016) may compete in quite different disciplines, both of their careers are marked with extraordinary longevity.
Not long after her arrival in Australia in 1966, Lavinia became a trailblazer for women’s distance running – among the first women in the world to run as far as ten miles and then the marathon.
Lavinia was national cross country champion in 1993 and was women’s captain of the first Australian team to compete in a World Cross Country Championships – in Morocco in 1975. Never one for avoiding a challenge she again represented her country 18 years later in the 100km World Challenge.
But that was of course far from it for this amazing athlete. She is now one of the most successful masters’ athletes in the World.
In 2014 she was recognised by the IAAF as the World’s best Female Masters Athlete. In recent times she has re-written the masters’ world record book in the 70-74 age group, adding to the three records she holds in younger age groups.
Lavinia is passionate about athletics and the people involved in the sport. Not only has she been an outstanding competitor for over fifty years, she has also been an active and much respected mentor, coach, official, manager and administrator for Ringwood AC, Athletics Victoria and Victorian Masters.