Lavinia Petrie OAM
L2 Athletics Coach (Middle and Long Distance)
L2 Athletics Official
10 x World Record Holder
35 x World Athletics World Title Holder
2014 World Athletics (IAAF) Female Athlete of the Year
Order of Australia Medal for Services to Athletics
2015 Edwin Flack Award Recipient for Outstanding Athletic Contribution (Athletics Australia)
Australian Masters Athletics Hall of Fame
Lavinia came to Australia on a boat in 1966 right as the Beatles became famous during her journey. Considering returning immediately, Lavinia learnt that, sadly, Paul McCartney was taken so she decided to stay and fifty-four years later has two girls, a boy, and four grandchildren. A National Champion in the UK at the age of sixteen, Lavinia continued running in Australia with her husband Bob, and has also become one of Australia's best known and loved personalities in the world of Athletics.
Putting her incredible longevity in the sport down to 'listening to and respecting your body' and 'just getting it done', now seventy-seven, Lavinia runs sixty to eighty kilometres per week and doesn't plan on stopping. For fun she sunbakes in the back yard, and coaches the HPDev running squad.
Lavinia competes for and is the President of Ringwood Athletic Club.