An elite athlete can’t make it to the Olympics alone. Marathon runner Lisa Weightman is no different with a dedicated team behind her as she prepares for the upcoming 2012 London Olympic Games.
A marathon – 42.195 kilometres of blood, sweat and mind games is arguably the toughest individual event of the Olympics. So when Lisa Weightman qualified for the London Olympics in October last year, she knew she hadn’t done it alone.
Weightman’s team consists of her coach Dick Telford, her Track and Field program Manager Derek Boothroyd, her Sport Scientist and Physiologist Danielle Stefano, her Physiotherapist Laura Baquie, her Dietitian Kylie Andrew and a soft-tissue Therapist Arnaud Domange.
Weightman secured her selection on the Australian marathon team with a 12th place finish in last year’s Frankfurt marathon with a time of 2:29:23.
“We were so relieved it had worked out. I have fantastic support,” said Weightman. “All these people help with the little things as well as the big picture.”
She’s now ready to take on the world’s best in London.
“On the day, you don’t know what’s going to happen. I don’t know what I’m capable of because I don’t think I’ve achieved my best yet. Hopefully that happens in London.”