Story: Veterans and masters sport

Arthur Lydiard with the Wellington Joggers' Club (1st of 3)

Arthur Lydiard with the Wellington Joggers' Club

Coach Arthur Lydiard (centre), 56, takes part in a keep-fit run with members of the Wellington Joggers' Club in June 1974. Lydiard had devised a training system for middle- and long-distance runners, developing such champion athletes as Murray Halberg and Peter Snell. His methods inspired the spread of jogging clubs throughout New Zealand, based on the idea that keeping fit was an activity for all ages. US coach Bill Bowerman was inspired by Lydiard to spread the 'keep fit through jogging' message worldwide. In 1974 Lydiard travelled around New Zealand to promote fitness on behalf of the New Zealand Amateur Athletics Association.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1974/3501

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Roger Robinson, 'Veterans and masters sport - Sport and recreation for older people', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 May 2022)

Story by Roger Robinson, published 5 Sep 2013