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Candice Charles – Life Member 2015

January 18, 2017

Candice came to Melbourne from Adelaide and, having befriended a leading Old Scotch athlete, joined Old Scotch Collegians Athletic Club in 1990. This was shortly after finishing third female in the Australian Marathon Championships on the Gold Coast in a time of 2:49.14. Whilst not the first female runner to join OS, Candice was one

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Alan Rowe – Life Member 2014

January 18, 2017

Alan has had a fifty year involvement in athletics as an athlete, club administrator and official. Alan attended Carey Grammar in the 1960s and was one of the school’s leading cross country and middle distance runners. After leaving school, Alan competed for the Old Carey Athletic Club during its early years as a track and

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John Macmillan – Life member 2012

January 18, 2017

John has been associated with APSOC for over forty years. He is a loyal Old Xaverian and has been a regular competitor in APSOC competition. A look at the competition results shows a total lack of John’s name among the winners. This was and is not his strength and John considers himself one our many

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Jeffrey Coster – Life Member 2010

January 18, 2017

At the 2010 APSOC Annual General Meeting, the President (Ross Tennant) put forward the Executive’s proposal that Jeff Coster be elected as a Life Member. Jeff was Association Treasurer from 2001-2010, during which time he organised production of the APSOC Handbook. As an athlete, Jeff commenced running with APSOC in 1992 and has not missed

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David Metherall – Life Member 2007

January 17, 2017

David has been a member of the APSOCAAA since 1989. He was a founding member of Old Haileybury Athletics Club in this year and its inaugural President. He has represented the club more than 150 times in APSOC races and along the way has been a winner of the Most Improved Award on two occasions.

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Stuart Facey – Life Member 2007

January 17, 2017

Stuart Facey commenced running with Old Scotch as a junior in 1968 and ran (and walked) every season until 2015. He would be one of the most consistent APSOC runners over almost five decades of winter events. His enthusiasm for cross country saw him finish better than half way up the field in most APSOC

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Bernie Laffey – Life Member 2007

January 17, 2017

Bernie had a successful career in a number of sports, including Australian Rules football and squash. He won the Best and Fairest trophy for Port Melbourne in the VFA in 1954. Bernie started running with St Kevin’s when he was 54 and completed over thirty years of continuous involvement as a competitor or senior official.

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Mark Purvis – Life Member 2004

January 17, 2017

Mark Purvis joined Old Scotch Athletic Club in 1974 and competed on the track for a couple of seasons, but did not make his APSOC debut until 1983. At this time he was bitten by the marathon bug and the miles of training quickly began to pay off. For the next decade he was Old

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Christopher Worsnop – Life member 2003

January 17, 2017

Chris joined OXAC in 1978 following his younger brother Mark, competing initially on the track. He first ran APSOC and VAAA cross country races in 1979. By the close of the 2014 season Chris had run in 400 APSOC events, winning nine handicaps (McPhail, 1982; Jamieson, 1989; Brighton 2005, 2009; the Tandem; and the Lodge

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Luke Travers – Life Member 2002

January 17, 2017

Luke played a strong role in the growth of St Kevin’s AC during the 1980’s and 1990’s, both as a runner and team manager. He was APSOC President 1991-92. As Chief Official 2009-2016, Luke oversaw and controlled APSOC races, ensuring the safety of competitors and the efficient running of each event. He could usually be found, stopwatch

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Tarquin Oehr – Life member 1998

January 17, 2017

After trying many sports at Scotch and not being good at those involving a ball, Tarquin took up cross country running in year 11. The following year Scotch had a very strong team and trained every night. Tarquin would usually be number six in the team or in the second team. The natural progression was

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Field Rickards – Life Member 1998

January 16, 2017

Field came to APSOC from a rowing background with his great friend the late Tom Yuncken (OM). In 1987, Field took over as Handicapper, a role he has now filled for three decades. Field has also been responsible for producing the APSOC race results. With the assistance of Cameron McKern, he has taken the results

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Brian Sneddon – Life Member 1995

January 16, 2017

Brian Sneddon (OX) took an interest in the APSOC through his son David. He was a timekeeper/official through the 1970’s and continued for many years into the 1990’s.

Michael van Assche (1931-2015) – Life Member 1995

January 16, 2017

Michael joined Old Xaverians Athletic Club in 1948 and competed in sprints, middle distance and field events. In later years he was a VAAA Grade 1 official and announcer at the Olympic Park and University venues. He was the Chief Announcer for the 1969 National AAA Championships in Melbourne. In 1956, Michael was an official

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Jim Plunkett – Life Member 1995

January 16, 2017

Jim Plunkett was an official/timekeeper with Old Xaverians, and in particular with APSOC, from the 1960’s to the 1980’s. He was never a competitor, but took an interest in athletics through his son. He was a regular official over many years.

Peter Le Get – Life Member 1995

January 15, 2017

Peter’s membership of APSOC has been in two distinct phases, 1950 to 1957 and from about 1980 to the present. Peter joined Old Wesley Athletic Club while still at school in 1950 and ran second in the Orchard Handicap that year. This was his best placing until repeating the feat 45 years later (beaten by

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Alan Hooley (1924-2014) – Life member 1995

January 15, 2017

Alan Hooley’s first contact with APSOC was through his second son, Bruce, a talented distance runner who competed successfully for Old Scotch during the 1970’s and 1980’s, including winning the Cooke-McClelland in 1975 at age 18. Another son, Ross, followed Bruce to compete for Old Scotch during the 1980’s. Alan quickly became involved in officiating

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Peter Bruce – Life Member 1993

January 15, 2017

Peter Bruce has been a member of the Old Xaverians Athletic Club for over fifty years, having been a competitor in track, cross country and road events for forty of those years. He first ran for OXAC in the APSOB cross country group (as it was then known) in 1958 while a schoolboy at Xavier.

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Geoffrey Westcott – Life Member 1989

January 15, 2017

Geoff is not the best known of the Association’s Life Members. In over thirty years of competing, he has not once breasted the tape to take a handicap or fastest time trophy. One wonders what he has done to be bypassed by the handicappers, or perhaps he stands as testimony to the difficulties of winning an

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Keith Lodge (1931-2016) – Life Member 1989

January 15, 2017

Keith’s involvement in athletics goes back to 1943 when, as a twelve year old, he represented St Kevin’s College in the Associated Catholic College Carnival. He helped the College to its first and only athletic title and in the following four seasons, he was a regular representative in 440 yards and 880 yards events. Keith

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William (Bill) Franzke – Life member 1989

January 15, 2017

Bill attended Wesley from 1958 to 1965 and was a member of the athletics team from 1962 to 1965. He competed in the APS Carnival 880 yards in 1964 and 1965, coming fifth in 1965. Bill joined Old Wesley AAC in 1962 and competed in any track and field event that he was asked to

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Barry Jones – Life Member 1983

January 15, 2017

Barry’s connection with the St Kevin’s AAC goes back to the late 1950’s when he joined the club as a junior. He began his APOSC running in 1962 and quickly became addicted to the winter season events, particularly marathon running. His sixteen marathons included a best time of 2:54.41 in 1976. Barry was St Kevin’s

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Neil Lucas – Life Member 1983

January 15, 2017

Neil Lucas was Scotch’s Captain of Athletics in 1964, having represented the school at three Combined Sports in middle distance events. He was an active Old Scotch competitor on the track for about fifteen years, mostly in 400m, 800m and 1500m events, and was a regular A grade competitor. Neil was Vice Captain of the

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Colin Findlay – Life Member 1981

January 15, 2017

Colin joined Old Scotch Collegians Athletic Club in the summer of 1953-54, having had reasonable success in cross country and middle distance running at school. As a schoolboy, he achieved a third placing in the Victorian Under 17 Cross Country title, followed by a fifth placing in Under 19. From 1954, Colin was a member

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Graham Wise (1934-2008) – Life member 1981

January 15, 2017

Graham Wise commenced running with Old Scotch in 1953. Graham was an outstanding middle distance track runner, being a finalist in the Victorian mile and half mile championships for a decade, gaining one silver medal and a best in the Australian Championships of fifth place. In later years, he held the world record for 800m

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