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Lynn Kanuka: Canada’s Greatest Female Distance Runner reflects on her illustrious career, coaching Natasha Wodak, and the state of Canadian athletics

In this episode we speak with Olympian and coach Lynn Kanuka. Lynn was recently named Canada’s Greatest Female Distance Runner by Paul Gains in our January/February issue of Canadian Running Magazine. The Regina native won medals at numerous international games, including bronze in the women’s 3000m at the 1984 Olympics.

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Lynn set nearly a dozen national records from 1983 to 1989, and still holds the Canadian 10K road record. Now coach to distance standout Natasha Wodak, Lynn was named Sport BC’s Female Coach of the Year in 2019. She continues her engagement in our sport as a sitting board member of Athletics Canada. 

We chat with Lynn about her storied career, the challenges and joys of coaching, and  her hopes for the future of athletics in Canada.

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