Best WMA Female Athlete 2011: Lynnette Ventris (AUS)
Lynnette (Lyn) Ventris has won every race walking event of her 2011 schedule and has bettered the time of any female Masters athlete in any age group in doing so.
Lyn is a solid supporter and participant in Masters Athletics at world, regional and the local level.
In 2011 Lyn won three individual gold and two gold team gold medals at the WMACS in Sacramento (USA) in July, won three gold medals at the Australian Masters Athletics Championships in April, three Gold at the West Australian Athletics Championships and won Gold at two Open race walking championships events in her home state of West Australia in 2011.
In addition Lyn set a new Masters world record of 1:39:51 in the W 50 20 km Road Walk in May of this year.
Lyn currently helds ten WMA race walking records in events from 20 km Road Walks through to 3000 m on the track. She has been the Australian Masters Race Walking Athlete of the year on seven occasions including 2011.
Lyn hails from Bunbury, a regional city near Perth in Western Australia, has a coach 3000 km's away in Melbourne and trains up to 80 km's alone, six days a week.
Ly Ventris has competed at World Masters Athletics Championships over 12 years and has been married to husband John for 33 years, has two children and two grandchildren.
She is a fully committed athlete and at age 55 believes age is no barrier. She revels in promoting Masters Athletics as a showcase for race walking and for generally keeping healthy and fit.
Being the recipient of the WMA Best Female Athlete 2011 has capped off a very successful, exciting and gratifying year.
Congratulation to Lyn Ventris