IAAF Masters Athlete of the Year Nominations 2011-12
The OMA Council has submitted the nominations for this region to WMA for consideration. The two nominated athletes are Andrew Jamieson M65 and Lyn Ventris W55 both of Australia. They have shown continued wonderful performances over many years.
Both Andrew and Lyn have been nominated for and won the award previously. Andrew was nominated for 2006-7 (and received the IAAF award) and 2008-9. Lyn was nominated in 2010-11 and received the IAAF award. The OMA Council has continued the practice of nominating the most successful masters athletes for the year from Oceania.
Lyn Ventris has had an outstanding 12 months, setting seven world records and winning two gold medals in world record times in the W55 at the WMA Indoor Championships. Two of these records were in the 10km, two in the 5 km, two in the outdoor 3km and one in the indoor 3 km. Lyn has attended a number of WMA Stadia Championships but this was her first effort on an Indoor track and her first time in icy outdoor conditions. Lyn was also a team member of the W40 4 x 200m, which won a bronze medal.
It is worthwhile to note that Lyn Ventris was the fastest walker from all the age groups at the World Indoors, by 75 seconds in the 3km and 2 min 43 sec in the 10km.
Lyn has supported and competed in many WMA Championships and WMA Oceania Championships and has set many records over the years. She is a well-respected member of the Australian team and is a most positive ambassador for masters’ athletics. Lyn is also well known and respected in Open competitions as well as being a role model and supporter of athletics at the local level. Lyn is also an ambassador for the WMA Championships to be held in Perth 2016.