“ A formidable competitor.”
A founding member of Victorian Masters Athletics, Lavinia is an extraordinary athlete who has truly excelled in the masters athletics scene claiming multiple state, national and world titles and records on the track, road and cross country in events ranging from 800m to 100km. Lavinia joined the ranks of Masters Athletics in Australia in 1978 in the W35 age group and has continued to progress through the age groups to her current W70 one.As a pioneer in women’s distance running, Lavinia was amongst the first women to run 10 miles and the marathon. Lavinia was both captain and competitor in the first Australian Women’s team to the 1975 IAAF . World Cross Country Championships in Morocco; winner of the inaugural Victorian Women’s Marathon Championships, 1981 and a member of the frst Australian team to the World 100km championships. Lavinia has also been an active and much respected mentor, coach, official, manager and administrator. Along with numerous AMA Distance Athlete of the Year and Highest Age Graded awards, in 2014 Lavinia was awarded the prestigious IAAF World Best Female Athlete and the Athletics Australia Edwin Flack Awards. In 2018, for her services to athletics in Victoria Lavinia was awarded the Order of Australia Medal.
Did I Earn My Keep? by Wilma Perkins
“A versatile athlete and Remarkable Asset”
A member of Queensland Masters Athletics since 1980 Wilma has demonstrated 30 years of competitive versatility. Wilma has successfully competed in 19 individual events: sprints, hurdles, long jump, high jump, pole vault, pentathlon, heptathlon, relays and all throws disciplines including the throws pentathlon. This versatility has led to an accumulation of many State, National, Oceania and World medals, Championships and records.
Along with her athletic abilities Wilma has been a tireless administrator. Wilma has served QMA as President and a Board member and was recognised with life membership in 2014. Wilma is currently AMA President and AMA delegate to WMA following on from previous positions of Vice President and Board member. Wilma has also held these positions for Oceania Masters Athletics over a period of 20 years. Wilma’s consistent performances and dedication to Masters athletics over many years has seen her receive several awards including 1984 QLD Sportswomens’ Associaton of Australia Award, 1985 QLD Sportswoman of the Year, 1989 Sports Australia Award and WMA bronze pin for services to World Masters Athletics. Wilma has been a remarkable asset to Masters athletics in Australia and the Oceania region.
Stan Perkins – Stan Perkins Profile
“Strong resolve, astute leadership and negotiating skills”
Stan is an outstanding administrator in the management and development of masters’ athletics at the State, National, Oceania and World levels. Besides his administrative roles Stan is a qualified throws coach; throws, jumps and walks official and field event referee. He is also often heard behind the microphone providing in- formed commentary both about the event and the individuals in the event. After joining Queensland Masters Athletics in 1981 Stan quickly became involved in administration of the sport; joining the QMA Committee; fulfilling the roles of Secretary; Newsletter Editor; President; and QMA delegate to Australian Masters Athletics. In 1988 Stan was elected to the AAVAC/AMA Board holding positions of Secretary until 1995, then President until 2003. Initiatives under Stan’s leadership included the AMA Handbook, Strategic Plan, Championship Manual, updated Constitution & By-laws, Hall of Fame and website.He was instrumental in the name change from Veterans to Masters. Stan was the team manager 1987 Melbourne and 1989 Eugene World Championships.
On behalf of AMA he has been delegate to WMA and Oceania and was Chairperson of the WMA Anti Doping and Medical committee for 12 years. Since 2009 Stan has held the Presidency of WMA where he has developed a strong WMA /IAAF relationship, which has resulted in the IAAF Masters Athlete of the Year award.