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Monday Inspiration: Shirley Strickland


Posted by Cags R under Running on 17 June 2012 at 11:00 PM

Growing up on a farm in the north east wheat band of Australia undoubtedly shaped Shirley Strickland's development as an athlete; as a family they were not well off and every member of the family helped on the farm. This influenced not only the development of Shirley's physical strength but also in her style of running;

" I don't really know when I discovered I could run. I used to, of course, run with the boys, and did a lot of chasing of kangaroos and rabbits and sheep and things like that. And of course I didn't wear shoes until I had to go to high school, and they nearly crippled me, I have to tell you."

Shirley holds the Australian record for winning the most Olympic running medals. She claimed that her ankles were stronger than the 'city runners' she later went on to coach; that running around the farm barefoot in the baking Australian summer strengthened her feet in ways that other athletes didn't seem to replicate. 

The year before her first Olympics, Shirley won the state title in the 100 yards, 220 yards, 440 yards, 90m hurdles and the shot put, she also played hockey for her university - that's what we call sporting diversity! #MondayInspiration

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