John George Walker
John Walker is a famous New Zealander runner. He was born in 1952 in Papakura. For a while he lived on sheep farm on the south of Auckland.
John Walker loved Athletics at school and he wanted to become the class champion. He won the big cross country. Throughout school he enjoyed sports and all outdoor activities.
John Walker won a lot of gold medals. He was in a lot of running races. He won the 1000 metres. John Walker was offered $200 000 to become professional. He refused because he wanted to keep his amateur status as Olympics world champion holder.
John Walker’s career is running in championships, like running at the pacific conference games in Canada, Columbia and Britain in 1973. He ran one mile in under 4 minutes, a great achievement that only a few people have passed.
By Bella Kidd