Date Inducted:26 Nov 1998
Sport: Athletics
The Don Award

Heather Turland - Athletics

Heather Turland created a great impression after running seriously for just a couple of seasons. Recovering from a broken leg after being hit by a motorcycle early in 1998, Heather became Australia's oldest ever female track and field representative at the Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games at the age of 38. She produced one of the great stories of the Games when she won the marathon at just her third attempt at the event. She was greeted at the finish line by her four children.

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When considering the stature of an athlete or for that matter any person, I set great store in certain qualities which I believe to be essential in addition to skill. They are that the person conducts his of her life with dignity, with integrity, courage, and perhaps most of all, with modesty. These virtues are totally compatible with pride, ambition, and competitiveness.