Coburg Harriers Gallery

Coburg Harriers Gallery


Last additions - Australian Representatives
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1992 Paralympics Barcelona - Jodi WillisJodi Willis won the Shot Put Gold Medal in the 1992 Paralympics in Barcelona. Her put of 11.16m was a World Record.May 01, 2020
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1966 Empire Games Noel Clough Noel Clough competed in the Eighth Empire and Commonwealth Games, held in Kingston Jamaica, in 1966.

Gold Medal 880 Yards 1 minute 46.9 seconds
8th Place 440 Yards 47.4 seconds
5th Place 4 x 440 Yards Relay
May 01, 2020
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1950 Empire Games - Ross Price 1Ross Price competed in the 1950 Empire Games, running in the 44 yards and the 4x440 yards relay

440 yards 5/16 Ht3 2nd 49.3; SF2 2nd 49.4; Final 5th Time unknown
4 x 440 yards 1 Final 1st 3:17.8

Nationally, he won silver and bronze in the 44 yards.

1949-50 Aust. T & F 440 yards 2 47.9
1956-57 Aust. T & F 440 yards 3 48.8
May 01, 2020
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1950 Empire Games -John MarksAustralian 1 Mile Championships, 1949 St Kilda Cricket Ground 1st - Time: 4 minutes 20.5 secs

1950 Fourth Empire Games, Auckland (New Zealand)
2nd in heat 1 Mile - Time: 4 minutes 19.4 secs
4th in final 1 Mile - Time: 4 minutes 14.8 secs
May 01, 2020
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1950 Empire Games - Ross Price 2Ross Price competed in the 1950 Empire Games, running in the 44 yards and the 4x440 yards relay

440 yards 5/16 Ht3 2nd 49.3; SF2 2nd 49.4; Final 5th Time unknown
4 x 440 yards 1 Final 1st 3:17.8

Nationally, he won silver and bronze in the 44 yards.

1949-50 Aust. T & F 440 yards 2 47.9
1956-57 Aust. T & F 440 yards 3 48.8
May 01, 2020
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1968 Olympian Raelene BoyleRaelene Boyle was one of Australia's best-ever female sprinters. In the 1968 Olympics, her first international at only 17 years of age, she finished second in the 200m, 4th in the 100m and 5th in the 4x100m relay. From then on, she was in every Australian team until 1982. She competed in 4 Olympics, with her two silvers in 1972 (100m and 200m) a wonderful performance against the drugs tainted East Germans.

This photo shows her winning the 400m run (time 51.26) in the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane.
May 01, 2020
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1968 Olympian Jean Roberts 1Jean Roberts was a member of the Coburg Women's Athletics Club and definitely the club's finest ever field games exponent. She competed in the discus in the 1968 Olympics and in the Shot Put and Discus at 4 Commonwealth Games (1`962, 1966, 1970 and 1974). She won 11 Australian, 3 British and 2 USA Senior Titles.

She went on to become one of Australia's finest coaches and one of the driving forces behind the formation of the AFTCA.
May 01, 2020
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1968 Olympian Jean Roberts 2Jean Roberts was a member of the Coburg Women's Athletics Club and definitely the club's finest ever field games exponent. She competed in the discus in the 1968 Olympics and in the Shot Put and Discus at 4 Commonwealth Games (1`962, 1966, 1970 and 1974). She won 11 Australian, 3 British and 2 USA Senior Titles.

She went on to become one of Australia's finest coaches and one of the driving forces behind the formation of the AFTCA.
May 01, 2020
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1950 Olympian Herb ElliotHerb Elliott AC MBE is Australia's greatest middle distance runner. In August 1958 he set the world record in the mile run, clocking 3:54.5, 2.7 seconds under the record held by Derek Ibbotson; later in the month he set the 1500 metres world record, running 3.36.0, 2.1 seconds under the record held by Stanislav. In the 1500 metres at the 1960 Rome Olympics, he won the gold medal and bettered his own world record with a time of 3:35.6.

Few people have ever exercised such absolute authority in any branch of sport as Elliott did in middle distance running from 1957 to 1961. During that span he never lost a 1500 metres or 1 mile race. During his career, he broke four minutes for the mile on 17 occasions. Elliot's nearest rival was fellow Australian Merv Lincoln.

Training under the legendary Persey Cerrutty, his sand hill runs at Portsea became legendary.
May 01, 2020
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1960 Olympian Herb Elliot 1Herb Elliott AC MBE is Australia's greatest middle distance runner. In August 1958 he set the world record in the mile run, clocking 3:54.5, 2.7 seconds under the record held by Derek Ibbotson; later in the month he set the 1500 metres world record, running 3.36.0, 2.1 seconds under the record held by Stanislav. In the 1500 metres at the 1960 Rome Olympics, he won the gold medal and bettered his own world record with a time of 3:35.6.

Few people have ever exercised such absolute authority in any branch of sport as Elliott did in middle distance running from 1957 to 1961. During that span he never lost a 1500 metres or 1 mile race. During his career, he broke four minutes for the mile on 17 occasions. Elliot's nearest rival was fellow Australian Merv Lincoln.

1960 Olympic Games Gold Medal 1,500m 3 minutes 35.6 seconds (World Record)
1962 Empire Games Gold Medal 880 Yards 1 minute 49.3 seconds
1962 Empire Games Gold Medal 1 Mile 3 minutes 59 seconds
May 01, 2020
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1956 Olympian Ray SmithRay Smith represented Australia in the 50km walk in the XVI Olympiad in Melbourne, finishing a very creditable 6th in a time of 4:56:08. The 50km walk was contested on the hottest day of the Games. The photo shows Ray about to enter the Olympic Stadium to finish the event.May 01, 2020
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1956 Olympian Ray SmithRay Smith represented Australia in the 50km walk in the XVI Olympiad in Melbourne, finishing a very creditable 6th in a time of 4:56:08. The 50km walk was contested on the hottest day of the Games. A proud Coburg Harrier, he was always keen to represent his club in VAAA competition. Note the spikes and the grass track!May 01, 2020
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1956 Olympian Neville SayersNeville Sayers competed as a Coburg Harrier from 1955-1960, but his main field of expertise was as a Modern Pentathlete and Pistol Shooter. His championship credentials read impressively

Modern Pentathlon
1956 Olympic Games, Melbourne
1960 Olympic Games, Rome
1956-57-60 Australian Champion
1955-56-57-60 Victorian Champion
1956 to 1965 Victorian Team Member
1956 to 1960 Australian Record Holder

Pistol Shooting
1958 World Championships, Moscow
1960 Olympic Games, Rome
1958 Australian Champion
1960 Victorian Champion (rapid fire)
1958 to 1961 Victorian Team Member
1956 to 1961 Fencing Team
May 01, 2020
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1952 Olympian R. A. PrenticeRobert Prentice represented Australia as a marathoner in the 1950 Empire Games and the 1952 Olympic Games. How is this for a set of credentials, bookmarked around the Second World War. Born in 1917, he was just starting to hit his straps in 1941. He then had to wait till after the war to resume his career, aged in thirties.

Australian Marathon Champion 1949-50, 1952, 2nd 1951.
Victorian Marathon Champion 1950, 1951, 1952, 2nd 1947, 1948, 1949
New South Wales Marathon Champion 1950, 1951, 1952
Victorian Marathon Club Marathon Champion 1953
Australian and Victorian Residential Record Holder: 2 hrs 31 min 51.4 sec
Coburg Harriers 5 Mile Champion 1941
VAAA State 10 Mile 3rd 1941
VAAA State 5 Mile 3rd 1940
May 01, 2020
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1950 Empire Games representative Joan MorrisonJoan Morrison competed in the High Jump in the 1950 Empire Games in Auckland. She finished 5th with a jump of 4'10"(1.475m). She was of course a member of the Coburg Women's Athltics Club as men and women had to compete separately in those days. A versatile athlete, she medalled in Australian Championships in High Jump, Discus and Shot Put.May 01, 2020
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1908 Olympian W. V. AitkinWilliam Victor Aitken represented Australasia in the Marathon in the 1908 Olympic Games in London. The official results show a DNF. The finer details reveal that he retired through an attack of sleepiness when in 3rd place at 21½ miles!May 01, 2020
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