Attadale athlete recognised for service at WA Sports Star Awards

Lynne Schickert Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au   d490803
Lynne Schickert Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d490803

ATTADALE resident Lynne Schickert has been recognised for decades of work in the athletics industry.

The World Masters Athletics executive vice president (77) jointly received the Service to Sport – May Campbell Medal at the WA Sports Star Awards earlier this month.

Her dedicated to sport extends to the Oceania Masters Athletics and Australian Masters Athletics, as president of both.

Schickert said she had been involved in sport since she was young, which included surf life saving, tennis and squash.

“My husband Bob is also an athlete and when we were living in Melbourne we started competing in masters athletics,” she said.

“When we returned to Perth in 1987 we joined the Masters Athletics WA and now we’ve been long-time members.

“I’m still competing now, I’m primarily a race worker but I also compete in the steeplechase and high jump.

“I’m heading to the World Masters Indoor Championships in Poland in about three weeks.”

Schickert said she trained every day and regularly went to LeisureFit in Melville and Booragoon.

“I keep competing because I want to stay healthy and fit plus there’s the social aspect, there are club meets each Sunday morning with about 120 to 130 people and making friends is marvellous,” she said.

“Bob and I keep busy with the administrative side too, we were involved with the World Masters Championships in Perth, that was a six year project.”

Schickert said the awards were an amazing experience because she had the opportunity to meet people from a variety of sports.

“I was honoured to be one of the three finalists and for all of us to receive the award and be recognise for our long-term commitment to sport was great,” she said.