Lynette Baldock
August 21, 1946 - April 24, 2022

Lynette Baldock dedicated about 40 years of her life teaching young children. She started her teaching career in 1967 in Comox, but after one year moved to Kamloops, where she taught for another year. In 1969 she moved again, this time to Devon Gardens Elementary School in Delta, where she would remain for the rest of her teaching career. Lynette taught grades 3, 4 and 5 – specializing in Physical Education. Just prior to retiring, Lynette job-shared with her daughter, and her daughter still teaches there today.

Also, just prior to retiring from teaching, Lynette started competing in road races. She was very successful, always finishing in the top three positions of her age group. Then, from 2011 to 2016, Lynette entered the Lower Mainland Road Running Series (a series of 9-11 road races such as the Steveston Icebreaker 8k, BMO St. Patrick's Day 5k, Oasis Shaughnessy 8k, Summerfast 10k and the Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon). From 2011 to 2014 Lynette finished second overall in the F65- 69 group. In 2015 she was the series winner in the F65-69 group, and in 2016 was the overall series winner in the F70+ age group.

Lynette also competed in road races other than the Lower Mainland Road Running Series, such as the Vancouver Sun 10k, Longest Day 10k, Hope to Harrison Relay, and races on Vancouver Island and in Washington State. Perhaps Lynette's most thrilling road races were in Hawaii, where she twice won races on the Big Island.

Her first race on the track was in 2009 at the BC Seniors Games (later renamed the 55+ BC Games) in Richmond. Lynette won bronze medals in the 5000m, 10k road run and triple jump. At this meet Lynette met several Greyhounds, where these new friends helped her decide to join the Greyhounds Masters Track and Field Club the following year.

From 2009 to 2019, Lynette competed in every BC Seniors Games/55+ BC Games, winning a total of 68 medals (19 gold, 36 silver and 13 bronze). Twice she won 8 medals: in 2011 (Trail) and in 2017 (Vernon). Perhaps her most successful 55+ BC Games was in 2016 (Coquitlam) when she won nine medals, including three gold.

As well, starting in 2011, Lynette competed in eight consecutive BC Masters Outdoor Championships, winning 28 gold, 4 silver and 3 bronze medals. In 2012 and 2014 she won gold medals in the W65 800m, 1500m, 3000m, long jump and triple jump. Lynette won four gold medals each year in 2013, 2015 and 2016.

Lynette also competed in eight consecutive BC Masters Indoor Championships from 2013 to 2020, winning a total of 43 medals, 33 of them gold. Her most productive years were in 2013 and 2015 when she won gold medals in the 400m, 800m, 1500m, 3000m, long jump and triple jump. At the BC Masters Indoor Championships in 2020, at age 73, Lynette would compete in her last meet. She won five medals, including gold in the 800m, long jump and triple jump. Covid-19 ended the track and field season for the year and Lynette would never compete again.

Prior to that, she had also competed in three Canadian Championships. In 2013 Lynette travelled to Regina for her first Canadian Masters Outdoor Championships. She returned home with gold in the 400m, 800m, long jump, triple jump and 4x400m relay. She also brought home two silver medals. In 2018 Lynette competed in her second Canadian Outdoor Championships when the meet was held in her hometown of Surrey. She won five medals, including gold in the W70 long jump. Lynette competed in only one Canadian Indoor Championships, in 2019 at Edmonton, winning gold in the triple jump and five medals overall.

In 2018 Lynette competed in her only international meet, the Americas Masters Games which were held at UBC. She won gold in the 5000m race and added silver in five other events.

Lynette broke BC Masters records fourteen times. She first set new BC Masters records in 2012 at the BC Masters Indoor Championships, breaking records in the W65 800m, 1500m, 3000m, long jump and triple jump. Later that summer Lynette broke the BC Masters W65 outdoor record in the 3000m. The following year, again at the BC Masters Indoor Championships, Lynette broke her own records in the 800m, 1500m, 3000m and triple jump. She also added the W65 400m record that year. In 2015 Lynette reset her own BC W65 records in the 800m and 1500m. And in 2016, now at age 69, Lynette improved her BC W65 indoor record in the 3000m. In 2017 she broke her only W70 record in the indoor 3000m.

Lynette also ran on record-breaking relay teams. At age 68 she was on the W65+ 4x200m relay that broke the Canadian indoor record. And at age 71 she was on another relay team that rewrote that W65 4x200m Canadian record. Lynette also competed on a relay team that broke the BC indoor record in the W60+ 4x400m.

In 2012, Delta awarded Lynette with the Sport BC “Community Sport Hero Award” which recognized volunteers who have contributed eight or more years to sport in their community. Lynette's category was for “Action Schools”. The same year, the Greyhounds Masters Club awarded Lynette with the “Most Improved Female Athlete of the Year Award”.

Lynette loved to run and to compete. She was extremely dedicated in her training, seldom missing a team practice. She was competitive and focused. She and her teammate, Sheila, often battled to the finish line. Regardless who won, with big smiles on their faces, they gave each other an enthusiastic hug. They are probably hugging right now. She was always positive, polite and respectful with her teammates and officials. She was quiet but smiled and laughed often.

Lynette Baldock
August 21, 1946 - April 24, 2022