PICTURE OF DEDICATION: Olympic marathon runner Steve Moneghetti is interviewed by Southern Downs Deputy Mayor Jo McNally at the Mayoral Leadership Lunch yesterday.
PICTURE OF DEDICATION: Olympic marathon runner Steve Moneghetti is interviewed by Southern Downs Deputy Mayor Jo McNally at the Mayoral Leadership Lunch yesterday. Elyse Wurm

Olympic legend drops in to share lunch and wisdom in Warwick

EVEN if Steve Moneghetti has just touched down from an international flight and it's edging close to midnight, he pulls on his shoes and smashes out a run before he hops into bed.

It's this drive and dedication that has elevated him to be a recognised Australian sporting legend and he dropped into Warwick yesterday to share some of his goal-setting and motivation tips with residents.

A packed house at Warwick Town Hall listened as Mr Moneghetti explained how he reached the top of his field.

Mr Moneghetti recalled that he was the 'quiet kid' in his primary school at Ballarat in regional Victoria, saying many who attended alongside him would not have expected him to reach the heights he has.

It was a small race at Olympic Park in Melbourne where Mr Moneghetti first qualified for the 1986 Commonwealth Games and he won by just four tenths of a second.

Mr Moneghetti knew what it had taken to inch over that line and start his trajectory towards success.

"I put myself in a position to be lucky, I worked hard to be lucky,” he told the packed house at Warwick Town Hall.

"You all have that potential but it's about whether you make the choices.”

In the marathon, the sporting legend went on to win a swag of medals at four Commonwealth Games, including bronze in 1986, silver in 1990 and gold in 1994.

He attended four Olympic Games and finished in the top 10 on three occasions.

Mr Moneghetti said he like the personal challenge of competing in marathons.

When the finishing line seems too far away he'll use tricks and justifications to push through, such as telling himself he'll go for another minute, then one more, until he crosses the line.

"You've got to call on everything you have physically and mentally to run a marathon,” he said.

Mr Moneghetti said coming from a country area he knew how important it was for regions to prosper and hoped through his visit, he showed residents he cared.

He hoped through his anecdotes residents would take home the message to take ownership of situations as they happen and know the people who can offer support when it's needed.



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