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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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James (Jim) Hunt – Life Member 1981

January 14, 2017

Jim Hunt’s first association with APSOC goes back to 1953 when he competed with limited success. However, after a spell of National service in the RAAF and a year working in England, by the 1956 season Jim had become one of the best runners in the competition. The middle to late fifties and early 1960s

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John Tutton (1914-2003) – Life Member 1973

January 14, 2017

John Tutton joined OXAAC in 1934, just four years after its foundation. He was elected to the Committee a few months later and became Secretary in April 1937. To quote the OXAAC history, since then “he has run every distance, jumped over every obstacle, thrown, walked and negotiated all forms of cross country hazards ever

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J.F. Lauchlan (Lauchie) Wright – Life Member 1981

January 14, 2017

Lauchie first competed in athletics in the Junior School at Camberwell Grammar. He later ran middle distance events at Melbourne Grammar School. He left school at the end of 1946 and briefly ran for St Stephens Harriers. He then lived in the USA and Canada for two years. On his return, Lauchie first ran cross

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Basil Thomson (1921-2011) – Life Member 1981

January 14, 2017

Basil Thomson began his long association with APSOC when he joined Old Xaverians in 1940. Ken McPhail spotted him boundary umpiring for the OX Football Club and recruited him to run cross country. From that time, Basil made extensive contributions to OXAC and APSOC as a competitor, official and administrator, and in a social capacity.

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Ken McPhail (1918-1984) – Life Member 1967

January 14, 2017

Of the many officials who have diligently served the APSOC, few have left a greater mark or legacy than Ken McPhail. Having started as a competitor with his club, Old Xaverians, in 1935, he served the APSOC as its first official Secretary from 1939-1949 and later as President from 1955-1957. However his most endearing and

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Alex Jamieson (1903-1979) – Life Member 1950

January 14, 2017

Alex A Jamieson (1903-1979) – Life Member 1950   Alex Jamieson initially joined Hawthorn Harriers in 1921 and was their Secretary in 1926. He ran cross-country and track with them until August 1926. In November of that year he was a founding member of the Old Scotch Collegians Athletic Club and Secretary 1926-1948. He then became

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Cooke-McClelland winners

January 1, 2017

Notes: Open teams   6 runners Women’s teams   4 runners Sealed handicap winner receives the Basil Thomson memorial trophy

McPhail winners

January 1, 2017

Notes: 2006-present   At Yarra Bend Park 1978-2005   At the Tan

Wise Mini Marathons winners

January 1, 2017

Notes: 2008-present   At Westerfolds Park, Templestowe 1970-2007   At Whittlesea and Yan Yean 2011   Quarter and eighth marathons replaced by 10km and 5km events

Hooley Relay winners

January 1, 2017

Notes: Open teams   4 runners/8 laps Women’s teams   3 runners/6 laps 2016-present   At Nortons Park, Wantirna South, 3.0km laps 2015   At Nortons Park, Wantirna South, 3.5km laps 2013-2014   At Karkarook Park, Heatherton, 3.0km laps 1998-2012   At Gilwell Park, Gembrook, 3.34km laps 1978-1997   At Gilwell Park, Gembrook, 3.36km laps Short

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Lodge winners

January 1, 2017

Notes: 16km handicap winner receives the Lodge Trophy 16km fastest runner receives the Peter Secombe trophy