Jane Saville: Olympic Race Walker

May 19, 2008

Meet Jane Saville, the Australian race walker who may be on her way to her fourth Olympic Games. See photos and a biography of Jane below.

Jane Saville is just one of six Australian athletes who have been nominated to the Australian Olympic team for the Beijing SXummer Games. Saville won a bronze medal during the 20 km walk in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.

The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) will have their final say on the nominations, with final nominations due on July 4th.

As a biography, Jane Saville was born on November 5, 1974 in Sydney, Australia. She comes from an athletic family. Her mother Anne is an athletic coach, having coached World Junior representatives, her sister Natalie is a race walker as well, having won a silver medal behind Jane at the Commonwealth Games in 2006.

Jane started participating in sports when she was 4 years old and was a National Swimming finalist when she was 16, 17, and 18 years of age. She has participated in several lifesaving surf events as well.

She competed in the 1996 Olympics as a race walker but did not place. She is best known for her disqualification from the 2000 Olympics in her hometown of Sydney during the 20 km race. She was disqualified for “lifting”. She won the bronze medal in the 2004 Athens Games. She’s hoping for another chance at Gold during the Beijing Olympics this summer.

She attended the University of New South Wales and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science in 1995.

Jane is married to her husband, Matt White, who is her coach and former professional cyclist.

More photos of Jane Saville are below.

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