A number of members of the Australian athletics family have been named in the Queen’s Birthday honours list released over the weekend, including Athletics Australia Board member and former Australian international cross country representative Anne Lord.
Lord competed for Australia at World Cross Country Championships in 1981-1985, 1986 and 1987 and has served on both the Athletics Australia and Athletics Victoria Boards. She was named as a recipient of the Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division “for service to athletics as an administrator and competitor.”
Also named was Oceania Athletics President Geoff Gardner, who also received the Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division “for service to the community of Norfolk Island through leadership roles, and to athletics.”
Also named was renowned ultra-marathon runner and politician Pat Farmer as a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia “for significant service to the community through fundraising support for charitable organisations, to ultra-marathon running, and to the Parliament of Australia.”
MEDAL (OAM) OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA IN THE GENERAL DIVISION
Ms Anne Robyn LORD, Mitcham Vic 3132
For service to athletics as an administrator and competitor.
Athletics Administration: Board Member, Athletics Australia, since 2011; Member, Distance Running Commission, since 2006; Special Awards Committee, current; Nomination and Remuneration Committee, current. Team Physiotherapist, 1992-2003 (including at Commonwealth Games in 1994 and 1998, Sydney Olympics, 2000).
President, Athletics Victoria, 2005-2011; Board Member, 2000-2011; Chair, Championships Committee, 1990-1994; Member, Winter Committee, 2002-2011; Life Member, 2013.
Member, Cross Country Committee, International Association of Athletics Federations, since 2007. Chair, Cross Country and Road Committee, Oceania Athletics Association, since 2007.
Chair, Australian Distance/Out-of-Stadium Running Commission, 2004-2009. Team Manager/Physiotherapist, World Cross Country Championships, 1992 and 1993, 1996 and 1997, and 2001 to 2003.
Competitor: Australian National 10km Road Champion, 1981. Australian National 3000m Track Champion, 1980s. Member, Ringwood Athletic Club, since 1975. Competed for Australia at World Cross Country Championships, 1981-1985, 1986 and 1987.