Jane Saville 215

 DCP_148076cm x 61cm (30″ x 24″) Oil on Canvas Board, Phillip Carrero

Oceania/Commonwealth/national record – 20km walk. Three times Commonwealth Champion and one of the iconic bastions of Sydney and the Randwick Botany Harriers Club.

Saville, from an athletically-inclined family, competed in swimming and surf lifesaving events as well as walking as a junior athlete. She has competed at four Olympics, with a midfield result in 1996. In the 20 km racewalking event at the 2000 Summer Olympics in her home city of Sydney, when heading into the stadium’s tunnel for the final stretch, Saville was disqualified for an illegal gait (lifting: a very common occurrence in race walking – the previous leader of the event had already been disqualified). Saville collapsed in tears; afterwards, when asked what she needed, she replied “A gun to shoot myself”.[1] Saville recovered her composure soon after and was publicly philosophical about her loss.

On her bronze medal in Athens, Saville stated “Nothing will make up for a gold medal in your home town, but you know this is where the Olympics began and any medal here, you know, I’m absolutely ecstatic with it”.[2]

Saville has also won three gold medals at the Commonwealth Games, in the 10 kilometre walk in 1998, in the 20 kilometre walk in 2002 and 2006. She has won the Australian women’s race walking championship five times. She was the Australian flagbearer at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.

She is coached by her husband, Matt White, a professional cyclist. She splits her time between Sydney and OlivaSpain. Her sister, Natalie Saville, is also a race walker and finished second to her at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

Saville announced her retirement from competitive racewalking in February 2009,[3] with her future plans including continued work in community health and fitness promotion, and a role on the IAAF race walking technical committee.[4]

Saville has completed a Bachelor’s degree in social sciences from the University of New South Wales.

By Phillip

Currans Hill artist Phil Carrero started as an impressionable 16 year old drawing charcoal portraits through the streets of Buenos Aires. He worked his way up from drawing to painting and begun to sell his works around that time. Coming to Australia in 1973 , at the age of 23, Mr Carrero continued his studies in Art and completed an apprenticeship for four months to get himself better acquainted with portraiture painting. Meanwhile, for almost ten years produced and sold many ship portraits and marine paintings. -After that I begun getting around 12 commissions a year for just portraits. That's the point when he begun to make a living out of painting-, he said. He paints in the Traditional, Realistic style ... English and Italian schools, his portraits can resemble the Grand Manner style of the 19th and 20th centuries in England and later, America. (extracted from "Artist has brush with thieves", Macarthur Advertiser, January 2004)