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AIR FORCE October 29, 2009
Champ back on job
By John Martin and
FLTLT Bruce Chalmers
THE day after winning the Austral-
ian women's marathon title and qualify-
ing for the next Commonwealth Games
in India, FLGOFF Lisa Flint's mind
was back on her Air Force job.
FLGOFF Flint, a pharmaceuti-
cal officer with 2 Expeditionary Health
Squadron at RAAF Base Williamtown,
won the Melbourne marathon on Sunday,
October 11 in a personal-best time of
This places her as a contender for a
medal in the Commonwealth Games in
Delhi and, beyond that, the Olympics.
But there was little time to celebrate
or feel tired for FLGOFF Flint on that
Sunday because the next day she had to
be back in Wagga for the third week of a
nine-week Air Force logistics course.
"After the presentations, I went back
to the hotel for a shower and then I had
to go to the airport," she said.
The flight to Canberra took 1½ hours
and then she had a 2½ hour drive to
FLGOFF Flint, 24, has been a rev-
elation since she started marathon run-
ning just three years ago after drawing
inspiration from seeing the late Kerryn
McCann win the 2006 Commonwealth
Games marathon which finished at the
Melbourne Cricket Ground. McCann
died last year of cancer.
At only her second try at a marathon,
FLGOFF Flint won the 2008 Defence
women's marathon championship -- 17
minutes faster than her first attempt.
But she did not rest on her laurels.
There was a wider domain to conquer
-- not just against the best athletes in
When two friends entered the Sydney
marathon in 2008, she decided to tag
By rights, she should have won the
national crown that went with it but she
could not claim the title because she had
not realised she had to be a member of a
state-registered athletics club.
She missed the Defence marathon
championships on the Gold Coast in July
this year because she was in the middle
of a 17-week course at Officers' Training
School at RAAF Base East Sale.
But there was no holding her back in
And there was no repeat of her
Melbourne this year doubled as the
national championship and FLGOFF
Flint made sure she was eligible this time
as a member of the Hunter-Macquarie
FLGOFF Flint upset experienced
Japanese marathon runner Satoko Uetani
in the race, knocking 13 minutes off her
"Honestly [qualifying for the
Commonwealth Games next year]
wasn't even on my radar," FLGOFF
Flint said straight after the race. "I
was hoping for a top-five finish and
my aim was 2:42."
She recalls watching the end of the
2006 Commonwealth Games marathon.
"I remember watching Kerryn's face
at the finish, and she's been an inspira-
tion. It was a buzz just entering the
[MCG] stadium today and hearing the
"It's a great feeling and indescrib-
Fittingly, FLGOFF Flint won the
Kerryn McCann Memorial Trophy for
"This race and its course takes the
FLGOFF Flint has never been to
India so the games have a double attrac-
tion -- as a fascinating destination and a
major step-up in the level of competi-
tion.Although she has qualified with her
time, the team is not finalised until May
2010 and she is expected to maintain
a level of fitness and competiveness in
order to make the final cut.
She has no more marathons on the
horizon this year but has plans to race
the Zatopek Classic, a 10km track event
in Melbourne in December.
The Commonwealth Games will be
held in October next year.
FLGOFF Lisa Flint wasn't a runner
at school -- she was a swimmer.
But she decided to take up run-
ning to ensure she passed the fitness
test to join Air Force, which she did
in 2006 as an undergraduate.
Since then she has competed in
five marathons, winning the Sydney
marathon last year in a time of
2:47:43 and Melbourne this year in
2:34:08, an incredible 13 minutes
It's this that has attracted the
attention of Commonwealth Games
selectors who have pencilled the ADF
Athletics Club member into the 2010
Australian Commonwealth Games
Team for Delhi.
"The ADF Athletics Club has
allowed me the opportunity to train
and compete and we even ran in
Vanuatu, which was great," she said.
-- FLTLT Bruce Chalmers
' It was a buzz just entering the MCG
stadium and hearing the spectators.
ONLY THE START: FLGOFF Lisa Flint with her booty from winning the Melbourne Marathon and the
Photo: AC Terrence Hartin
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