Christmas Mile
Posted Wednesday 25 Dec 2013 by Michael Gentle

The club's Christmas Mile race took place again this year following the finest tradition that
Albie Thomas
had previously set up and organised with his wife
. For a few decades now this race has been participated in by many of St George's athletes both past and present.

There were fifty two competitors in this year's race. Albie's daughter
was given the honour of starting the event and under calm and mild conditions we found ourselves off and running, walking or a bit of both on the day.

This year's race saw some close racing up front with
Shannon Delaney
finishing just ahead of
Chadi Elaskhar
, while in the women's results we saw
Stephanie Beck
just out kick
Dannielle Ferraro
to the finish for first female. The day's handicap winner was Bryce England who narrowly beat Chris Maver by a hundredth of a second. That gave him the first Albie Thomas Christmas mile handicap trophy with "Run Tall" inscribed at the bottom; one of Albie's known keen calls.

The annual tomato contest was claimed by
Kerry Edwards
also taking home the inaugural Tomato contest trophy after Chief Judge
Brian Langton
selected her tomato as the most delicious tomato on the morning.

Although Albie was not with us to celebrate, we know in spirit he was with us and he would have loved seeing the generosity that was provided on the morning. Whether it was those who donated raffle prizes, the people who came to contest the annual tomato competition, everyone who came to compete or assist in the running of this event, and all those who came to cheer on and support, Albie would have been very happy that this great event went ahead with so many attending.

I would like to thank everyone who helped support this wonderful event, with big cheers to Nola and all of the family for once again hosting the Christmas Mile.

Nola and the family are keen to keep this wonderful event going that helps raise needed funds for our up and coming junior members.

Full results can be found here.

Kim Delaney

Australian All Schools Championship
Posted Sunday 8 Dec 2013 by Michael Gentle

The Club's throwers led the way in Townsville, claiming national records and titles at the Australian All Schools Championship. Congratulations to coach Ray Russell and his athletes.

Grace Robinson
who eclipsed the U16 Club Record as well as the Australian Record previously held by Paletina Lemi in winning the U16 shot put.

Matthew Rees
who broke his existing U18 Club Record while winning the U18 javelin throw.

Mitchell Pepper
who broke his own U16 Club Record while claiming victory in the U16 discus throw and finished 4th in the U16 shot put.

Pita Toamotu
who won bronze in the U16 discus throw.

Great efforts were also recorded by
Tania Minutolo
in the U18 discus throw and
Nick Fox
in the U18 400m hurdles events.

NSW 3000m Championship
Posted Saturday 9 Nov 2013 by Michael Gentle

Congratulations to all the St George athletes who represented the club with distinction at the NSW 3000m Championship. Great results were achieved by all athletes, with the standout performances being:

Jas Fisher
who set a new U16 Club Record

Bridey Delaney
who claimed the NSW Championship

Vale Albert
Posted Sunday 27 Oct 2013 by Michael Gentle

Albie Thomas has been a member of St George District Athletic Club since 1951 where he first competed in the Tuesday night track & field competition at Hurstville Oval.

Mr Albert George Thomas, OAM
Some highlights of Albie's stellar career in athletics include:
Competing in the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games;
Setting a new 3 mile World Record of 13m 10.8s on 9 July 1958;
Competing in the 1958 Cardiff Commonwealth Games;
Setting a new 2 mile World Record of 8m 32s on 7 August 1958;
Competing in the 1960 Rome Olympic Games;
Competing in the 1962 Perth Commonwealth Games;
Competing in the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games.
In 1963 Albie earned the rare honour of being the NSW Champion for 1 Mile, 3 Miles and Marathon! A true champion over all distances.

Albie was awarded an Order Of Australia Medal, Australian Sports Medal, Centenary Medal and has been admitted to the NSW Government Hall Of Champions. He was awarded a Merit Award and conferred with Life Membership of St George District Athletics Club.

Our thoughts are with his wife Nola, daughters Robyn and Patricia, and their families including grand children Thomas, Mark, Liam and Mathew.

Eulogy by Ron Gribble

They shall not grow old
As we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them
Nor the years condemn.
With the going down of the sun
And in the morning we will remember them.

Lest We Forget

Vale Basil Dickinson
Posted Wednesday 9 Oct 2013 by Michael Gentle

Today we hear the sad news that Basil Dickinson has passed away. Basil was the oldest surviving Olympian and a member of the St George Club.

Basil Dickinson
He was known as a real gentleman and kept fond memories of competing for the club. He was always keen to hear of any news from our members and remained in contact with Albie and Nola.

Our thoughts and deepest condolences go out to his family.

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Kim Delaney
Chiba Ekiden Relay Selection
Posted Friday 27 Sep 2013 by Michael Gentle

Congratulations to
Bridey Delaney
for selection in the Australian team to compete at the Chiba Ekiden Relay to be held in Chiba, Japan on 23 November 2013.

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