NSW race walker Heather Lee is gunning for a record that’s missing from her collection when she competes at the 2018 AMA National Championships on April 29: the world record for the W90 10km road walk.
Heather, 91, set world records in the 3000m and 5000m walks at the Australian Masters Games in Tasmania last October. Now, she has her sights not only on securing the one mark that would give her the trifecta of W90 walks records, but believes she can lower her own WR in the 5000m too.
“I’m training well enough that I could break the records in both events,” Heather says. “I’m hoping to lower the 5K world record too, as I’ve clocked sub-42 minutes [her 2017 world record is 42:36.49] regularly in training.”
The 10km world record in the W90 age group is 1:31.21, set by Romania’s Elena Pagu at the WMA world championships in Perth in 2016. Heather competed in the same event at the championships, clocking 1:27.02, but was just a few days short of her 90th birthday, winning the gold medal in the W85 age group.
It’s been a good year for the Sydneysider so far. In addition to having her two world records formally ratified by the WMA, Heather was thrilled to be chosen as one of the baton carriers in the Queen’s Baton Relay when it passed through Sydney ahead of the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.
A world record or two – in a city that delivered her a maiden world title in 2016 – would be a perfect close to the season.