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VALE: Fred O'Connor OAM
Date: 05 Jul 2018
 
During an involvement in athletics that commenced 85 years ago, in 1933, Fred pretty much did it all in the sport. An athlete, coach, administrator and official. He was recognised for his significant contribution to the sport in 2015 with the awarding of an OAM. Born in Marrickville on 27th December 1923, he recently told us about his early years in life. “I started athletics at the age of 10 years (in 1933) in the picnic races at the State Tramways picnic at Clifton Gardens winning 100m races. From this illustrious beginning I represented primary and secondary schools in athletics, cricket and football. In 1942 I competed in inter-club with the YMCA Harriers at Melbourne Olympic Park. I was in the RAAF stationed at Australian Federal Headquarters St Kilda Rd. (I was an Air Force design draftsman) I managed 10.0 seconds in the 100 yds and 21.4 seconds in the 220 yds as well as 49 ft for the triple jump. As a football (soccer) referee I refereed the Socceroos’ first World Cup team back in 1974 in a trial match before the World Cup. In soccer I have been involved as a player, coach, administrator and technical official since 1946. In athletics I have officiated at the Olympics, the Goodwill Games and numerous national and state championships. I was with the Cumberland/Ryde Hornsby Club originally and then Epping.” He was in fact co-founder and coach at the Epping Athletics Club. He was a talented all-round sports person, including playing in the Newtown Jets 3rd grade rugby league premiership team in 1943, 1st grade cricket, 1st grade basketball and 1st grade Australian rules. From 1946 his daily commitment to athletics was significant over the next six decades as a technical official, coach and administrator. In his second athletics career, as a masters athlete, he was very successful. “I won 38 State, national and World Veteran medals between 1981 and 2007, 16 of which were gold, including world titles in decathlon, 200m hurdles and triple jump.”
 
 
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VALE: Fred O'Connor OAM
Date: 05 Jul 2018
It is great sadness that we inform the athletics community of the passing of Fred O’Connor yesterday.
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Books and Apparel
Date: 16 Sep 2016
Book and Apparel can now only be ordered by contacting the National Office
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