Allison Roe MBE is passionate about health and fitness. It has been suggested that she is so synonymous with wellbeing that her name is a 'health brand'.
Allison Roe MBE won the Boston and New York Marathons in the same year (1981) setting course records at both and a world record at the New York City Marathon and a world record for 20k in Myiazaki, Japan the same year. She won the Soeul Marathon, numerous 10k races including a win at the famous Peachtree Road race (Atlanta) where she broke Mary Deckerís course record. Allison has also won national titles in cross country running, cycling and triathlon.
Voted fourth most popular female athlete in the world in 1982 by the American Press Association (No1. Amateur) Allison's numerous awards include NZ Sportsman of the Year, the Nurmi Awards (USA) for Best Female Runner in the World and for Best Female Athlete in the World (1982), the Abebe Bikila Award presented at the United Nations and a most recent award is her admission to the Hall of Fame (2010)
Allison was awarded an academic and athletic scholarship to UCLA in 1975, though she chose to remain in her native New Zealand. Her athletic career was taking off and she decided to pursue a local business qualification. She worked as a PA at Auckland Hospital for the senior lecturer in Endocrinology and later moved into television, becoming a TV Sports presenter and an independent producer running her own TV production company. Allison considers her most important role is the welfare of her family, being a wife to Alan and mother of four children Jordyn and Elliott, with step children Kirsty and Bret.
Allisons Board positions include the North Shore Hospital Foundation and she has recently been voted onto the Waitemata District Health Board.
"I have a real desire to see our alarming health statistics reversed through education and prevention initiatives. It is evident that a new paradigm in health care is necessary if we as a nation are to enjoy robust health and a thriving economy. We have a unique geographical position in the world and are well positioned to be a world leader in health care. Encouraging integrated and sustainable health practices and inspiring people to improve their health is a very meaningful use of my time and something I feel really passionate about."
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