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 of the early female members and over the next few years became the fastest woman in APSOC events over a range of distances. She recorded fastest times in most of the APSOC events – Dyson Relay, Orchard 10k, Wise Quarter Marathon 10.55k, Lodge 16k, Brighton 9k, Hare & Hounds 9k, Hooley Relay, Geelong Relay and Cooke-McClelland.
Candice was up against serious competition at the time from other women such as Carolyn Schuwalow, Isabella Woo de Castella and Lisa O’Connell Lightfoot. Unfortunately Candice had to retire from running in 1993 because of a serious knee injury, but after successful surgery, she now occasionally competes again in APSOC events.
Candice has made a significant input to the administration of APSOC. The Association has always been a leader in athlete registration and timely issuing of event results. Along with others, Candice saw the need to introduce online registration. The current system is largely due to her simplification of the registration system. In order to drive this, she joined the Executive and acted as the APSOC Treasurer during 2011-12.
Separately from this, from 2011, Candice took on the task of compiling the handbook, providing and editing the many photos, and ensuring the accuracy of the published records. This entails many hours of voluntary time before each cross country season begins. She is also the author of the current APSOC website, which is administered by her husband, Mark Purvis. Records of the Association are now available online in digital form as a result of Candice’s efforts.
Candice has organised and served the afternoon tea at the Jamieson 5k since 1991.
In view of her significant contribution as an athlete, administrator and supporter over a period of 25 years, the Executive unanimously recommended that Candice Charles be elected a Life Member of the Association in 2015.