Lisa Weightman has developed into the fastest modern-day female marathoner in Australia and has led a resurgence in the event over the last five years.
Lisa was a good junior distance runner, gaining places over 3000m at the national junior championships.
But during her teenage years, she had battled stress fractures in the tibia. Into her early 20s, she was a steady national level track runner from 1500m to 10,000m and cross country athlete. In 2006, aged 27, she was selected for the World Road Running Championships and the following year the World Cross Country Championships. In early 2008 she made a very impressive marathon debut, clocking 2:32.22 at the London Marathon. The performance earned her selection for the Beijing Olympics where she placed 33rd. In 2009 she started the year with 17th at the World Cross Country Championships ahead of lowering her PB to 2:30.42 and placing an excellent 17th at the World Championships. In 2010 she ran her first sub-2:30 marathon, winning Nagano in 2:28.48. She closed the year with a bronze medal in the Delhi Commonwealth Games marathon.
At her second Olympics, she placed 17th in London in a PB time of 2:27.32. It was the highest placing by an Australia at the Olympics for 12 years. In the Melbourne Marathon in 2013 she sliced 87 seconds from her PB clocking 2:26.05, to become the fifth fastest in Australian history. In 2014, she took a maternity break, giving birth to a son Peter. She ran her next marathon in January 2016 and clocked 2:27.25 in Houston, to earn selection for the Rio Olympic Games where she placed 31st. She ran two high-quality marathons in 2017. Starting with a PB 2:25.15 in London, elevating her to number three Australian all-time. In October she ran 2:28.45 for sixth in Chicago, her 13th marathon of her career.
In January 2018 she was selected to compete in her second Commonwealth games. Ten years and two days after she made her marathon debut in 2008, Lisa will run her 14th career marathon in a career which has included three Olympics and a bronze medal in the 2010 Commonwealth Games. The third fastest in Australian history, she has clocked eight sub-2:30 marathons. The 39-year-old, who celebrated her birthday in January, becomes the oldest Australian woman to compete in athletics at the Commonwealth Games. When the gun fires she will be aged 39 years and 89 days, older than the late Kerryn McCann who was 38 years and 321 days when she won gold in the marathon in Melbourne in 2006.
In 2015, Lisa and her employer, IBM, created a software application called Optimal Me. It was developed to analyse data about what Lisa eats, how she feels, her rest, when she trains, and other factors of life as an athlete. Her father, Peter Weightman was a player, coach and administratorer in the VFL/AFL at clubs Fitzroy, Hawthorn, Port Adelaide and Carlton.