Alan Rowe (1946-) – Life Member 2014

18 January 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 field club in the AV summer competition.

Vocationally, Alan took up teaching and this led to a teaching position in Papua New Guinea where he lived and worked for twenty years. After some years, Alan stopped teaching and worked in a variety of business and administrative roles in Lae and the Highlands. Alan married a local girl, Elvie, and started a family. He continued to run and was an active member of the Lae running community, competing in over 500 races in the Hash House Harriers competition. He also competed in several local marathons.

Alan returned to Melbourne in the late 1980s and joined the Old Carey Cross Country Club, having his first APSOC run at the Orchard Handicap in 1989. He continued to run each winter season until a knee injury forced him to retire in 2009. Over this period, Alan worked tirelessly as Club President and played a key role in recruitment and club administration activities. Alan’s talents were recognised by APSOC when he was asked to join the Executive. After several years as a member of the Executive, he became APSOC Vice President in 2005-06 and then President in 2007-08.

In undertaking his administrative tasks, Alan has a low key “no fuss” manner and is always diligent, courteous and generous with his time. He has been a valuable member of the Old Carey club and APSOC.

Alan has always enjoyed his involvement with “the APSOC family”. He has always appreciated the commitment and sense of continuity provided by older athletes and long serving APSOC officials. So it was typical of Alan that, after he finished competing, he immediately took up a role as a race official and timekeeper and continues in that role today.

Supporting Statement for Alan Rowe’s Nomination for Life Membership of APSOC, Phil Cook, 2014