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Running legend Lorraine Moller to speak at Albany

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New Zealand running legend and Olympic marathon medallist Lorraine Moller MBE will give a free public lecture at Massey University’s Albany campus on March 21.

In a talk entitled Running, Lydiard and the Pursuit of Excellence, she will share her experiences as a coach and athlete, and will talk about the present and future of athleticism, the body and the Lydiard training programme.

It’s a timely topic as athletes these days navigate a labyrinth of information in their search to become better, and as widespread lifestyle diseases contribute to declining fitness levels in the general public.

Massey University national events and sponsorship director Denise Armstrong says hosting the talk and the coaching courses is a perfect match for the University.

"Massey is the leading sports university in New Zealand and the home of more high-performance athletes than any other tertiary institution," she says. "Lorraine Moller is an amazing role model and someone that New Zealand athletes at any stage, and their coaches, can learn valuable lessons from."

Ms Moller had an unprecedented 28-year international running career, and was the only women in the world to have completed all of the first four Olympic marathons for women. She won a bronze medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics in the women’s marathon. She won the Boston Marathon in 1984, was a triple winner of the Osaka Ladies Marathon, and has won three Commonwealth Games medals. Ms Moller was also a forerunner for equality in women’s athletics and an activist for professionalism in distance running.

The Lydiard system, developed by the late Arthur Lydiard, is recognised as the gold standard of endurance systems worldwide and has produced more champions and made more lifetime runners out of beginners than any other system. Ms Moller will discuss whether the system is still relevant in this high-tech age.

Weaving the practical with the philosophical, she will draw from the code of the ancient Olympians, the legacy of Lydiard training and her own experiences to help set a compass for fitness, vitality and peak performance.

The free public lecture is in the Study Centre auditorium from 4pm - 5pm. Doors open at 3.30pm.

If you wish to attend please RSVP as soon as possible as seating is limited. To RSVP please contact: Public-Lectures@massey.ac.nz or phone (09) 414 0800 extension: 43036

April Coaching Courses

Ms Moller will be presenting at two Lydiard Foundation Coaching Certification courses Level I and II in April. Both are hosted by Massey University, with the Palmerston North courses running from April 4-6 and the Albany courses from April 11-13.

Both coaching courses run from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon. Fees apply and reservations are essential, so contact the School of Sport and Exercise by email: sport@massey.ac.nz or call (06) 359 5099 ext 81585 to reserve your place.

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