Hear from one of the greats

Melinda Gainsford-Taylor.

Melinda Gainsford-Taylor.

Tickets are still on sale for the 38th annual Cowra Sportsperson of the Year awards with special guest Melinda Gainsford-Taylor on Friday night.

Tickets are just $40 which includes a two course dinner at the Cowra Services Club on Friday, June 15.

Gainsford-Taylor is a three-time Olympian and the current Australian record holder in the 200m.

Her many incredible achievements include becoming 200m world indoor champion at Barcelona in 1995 and the first Australian since Betty Cuthbert to win a world championship.

In 2000 she won almost every race she contested and in South Africa she anchored the women's 4 x 100m relay team to win gold, breaking an Australian record which had been untouched for over 23 years. 

She represented Australia at her third Olympic Games in Sydney 2000, where she was voted the female captain of the team.

One of the greatest runners in Australian athletics history, Melinda Gainsford-Taylor is a three-time Olympian, the current Australian Record Holder in the 200m and was the record holder for the 100m for some 20 years.

Since retirement Gainsford-Taylor has been a national selector for track and field and was a part of the team that headed to the 2016 Rio Olympics. 

She’s been involved in extensive media and corporate work as well as conducting athletics coaching clinics around the country to inspire young children to pursue their dreams. 

Dianne Fiene of Cowra Little A’s is organising a running clinic with Gainsford-Taylor on Saturday morning, June 16 from 9.30am to 12.15pm. Contact Dianne on 0403087225 to show your interest.