You could mount a case that Anne Audain was New Zealand's best performed athlete of the 1980s. By 1990, she had won Commonwealth Games gold and silver medals, set a world record, was New Zealand's fastest woman over three distances, won 10 national titles in five different events and ruled the lucrative American road circuit for the best part of a decade. Therefore it is a surprise to learn that Audain, born in Auckland in 1955, suffered from deformed feet as a child.
Anne finally had the necessary operations at 13, when her bones were mature enough to withstand surgery. Then she was placed in plaster for six months. After that she was finally able to play sport seriously. She had to choose a sport that did not involve much sideways movement, so athletics beckoned.Read more
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