Lyn Ventris- IAAF Masters Female Athlete of the Year 2012
Oceania’s Lyn Ventris of Bunbury, Western Australia, is – for a second successive year – the IAAF’s best female Master’s athlete. This incredible accolade crowns an outstanding season for W55 Lyn, who has often been the finest walker, of any age, even in open competition. The following details come from her nomination submitted by the Oceania Masters Athletics Council.
Lyn Ventris has had an outstanding 12 months, setting an incredible eleven world records and winning two gold medals, both in world record times in the W55 at the WMA Indoor Championships. Four of these records were in the 10km (50:32, 49:59, 49:34, 49:15), two in the 5 km (24:16.77, 23:57.90), two in the outdoor 3km (14:26.99, 14:16.41), one in the indoor 3 km (14:51.24) and two in the 20km (1:43.11, 1:40:42). 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 x 200m, which won a bronze medal.
It is worthwhile to note that Lyn Ventris, at 55 years, 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. She has also taken over 13 minutes off the 1996 20km world record.
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.