Lisa has been Australia’s fastest female marathon runner since 2009. Lisa made her marathon debut at the 2008 London marathon where she ran the equal fastest debut by an Australian (2:32.22). Shortly after she was selected to represent Australia at the Beijing Olympics, finishing 33rd in a time of 2:34:16. She bettered her PB (2:30.42) at the World Championships in Berlin in 2009 finishing 18th and the won her first marathon at the Nagano International Olympic Commemorative marathon in Japan in 2010, where she set another personal best and broke 2:30 for the first time (2:28.48). In July 2010 she set the Australian All-Comers record, winning the Gold Coast half marathon in 69:00. Later that year she excelled in brutal conditions at the Delhi Commonwealth Games to win bronze for Australia in the marathon.
Lisa bounced back from injustices in 2011 to qualify for the 2012 Olympics by running a qualifying time late in the year at the Frankfurt marathon in Germany and then excelled with a 16th place at the London Olympics in 2012, where she set another personal best of 2:27.32.Lisa went on to better her personal best at one of her fondest memories where she came home strong to win and achieve a course record at the Melbourne Marathon (2:26:05) in 2013. When she crossed the finish line her nephew Thomas was right there to provide a huge hug. It was a moment to cherish. That Christmas Lisa broke her sacrum on Boxing Day, but a blessing it was as a year later Pete arrived!
In her first marathon 13 months after giving birth to Pete, Lisa finished second at the 2016 Houston Marathon in 2:27.35. with this run securing her spot on the Rio Olympic team where she gave it everything to finish the event whilst battling a sinus infection.
Putting the disappointment behind her Lisa produced career best form to place 5th at the 2017 London Marathon in a new personal best of 2:25:15 and followed up with a 6th place finish at the Chicago later that year. She is now ranked 3rd Australian all time behind Benita Willis and Lisa Ondieki.
2018 was another huge year for Lisa. In April, Lisa won her second Commonwealth Games medal by finish second in the marathon on home soil at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April. The year ended by running against a world class field at the New York City marathon where Lisa ran a significant negative split to finish 8th in 2:29.11. These achievements were realised whilst working as a consultant at IBM and designing and building their family home.
Lisa has 2 top 20 IAAF World Cross Country finishes and a team bronze medal to her name and has placed in the top 8 in 3 World Major Marathons in the last 2 years. Living in Melbourne, she is a Transformation Consultant and Program Manager at IBM.