The O’Keefe attracts world champion Lavinia Petrie

April 13, 2017


The 74 year, old world champion, Lavinia Petrie has her eyes  set on taking out the major “O’Keefe Rail Trail Marathon Age Graded Winner Prize” and becoming the first person to represent Australia at the 2018 Wenlock Olympian Games.


Last Friday evening at the Athletics Victoria Awards Lavinia was presented the Edwin Flack award. This medal is awarded for extraordinary performances and distinguished service to the sport.  She is now recognised with previous winners Robert De Castella, Steve Moneghetti and many of our Australian Olympians.


Lavinia was also awarded the 2017 Victorian Masters Athlete of the Year for her wins at the World Championships in the 1500m, 5000m, 10000m, Cross Country and Half Marathon.


It's not only awards on a state stage when in 2014 at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Lavinia won the World Masters Athlete of the Year. The awards are athletics equalivant of the Acedemy Awards more often than not recently won by Usain Bolt.


She has just returned in the last two weeks from the World Indoor Championships in Korea where she won three gold medals, including a new 3000m world record in the 70-74 age group.


She currently holds the Age Graded record for Park Run in Australia at 106.2 % when she ran a time of 22:03 for the 5km in November 2016. She has completed 25 marathons.


Lavinia said  “I still don’t believe I’ve reached my full potential, I’ll keep trying to improve.’’


The Ringwood athlete said, "what I love about running is that it’s just a way of life, it’s what you do when you get up in the morning. For me it’s just what I do every day, to me it’s not extraordinary, it keeps me young.''


Lavinia is well known to Bendigo Athletes, in fact she broke the 3,000m (pictured above breaking the record) World Record on the Athletics Bendigo track and now she is out to break the world marathon record on the O’Keefe Rail Trail.


She also broke the 2014 Half Marathon World Record (70-74) during the Oceania Masters Championships in Bendigo.


Sandra Slatter, Event Director said. “This woman is a true inspiration, she continues to demonstrate that age should not be a barrier and is a true example of what you can achieve if you set your mind and heart to it!”

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