THOMSON, HEATHER J, MBE
Competed at: Edmonton 1978
Medals: Silver – 3000m
From a 5m 11s miler in 1969, Heather Thomson developed into a Commonwealth Games silver medallist over 3000m, nine years later, a result that rewarded her gutsy run in the altitude of Edmonton.
When the 3000m became a regularly contested event for women, Thomson was to the fore, eventually running a New Zealand record of 9m 7.4s in March 1978.
Thomson’s first international event was the Pacific Conference Games in Tokyo in 1969 where she finished fifth in the 1500m. From 1971 to 1979, she was a regular member of the New Zealand Cross Country team to the World Championships, captaining the team in 1975 when the women finished with the teams silver medal.
With the advent of international road relays, Thomson’s attention turned to the road representing New Zealand in the 1983 Ekiden Relay. Selected for the World Womens 10km Road Championships in 1984, she withdrew due to injury.
In recent years Heather Thomson has given freely of her vast experience managing New Zealand Road Relay teams to various events and being Assistant Manager to the 1992 Oceania World Cup team in Cuba.
NZ Titles: NZ Records:
1 mile 1969 3000m 1, 1978
Cross Country 1973