Selecting torch bearer
The Melbourne Olympics committee used the NSW Athletics management to select a group of runners to participate in the Torch Relay. Representatives of the variopus Olympic sports were invited to nominate youthful male athletes for carrying the torch. Athletics NSW then selected the actual runners on the basis of their performance carrying a short steel pipe of comparable weight to the 1956 Olympic Torch over a mile course in Centennial Park Sydney. To be actually selected as a torch bearer a runner had to complete the mile course carrying the weight in under eight minutes.
At Centennial Park after the time trials the future torch bearers could hold the torches to be used.
My athletics background
Following Emile Zatopek's amazing performance in Helsinki, there was much excitement in middle distance running as up and coming athletes set out to smash records by applying Zatopek's techniques to their training scgedule. The writer was one such - and would diligently train using the Zatopek strategy alternating laps at race speed with laps walked or jogged. As easily the best runner in Eastern Suburbs AAC I was competing in the A Grade competition. One Saturday I was clocked at 2m 0.8sec for the half nile, eight eighty yards. The time WAbroke the state record for my age group, but as a placeholder in A-grade there were not the requisite 3 stop-watches to formally establish a record.
My Club formally recognised this achievemt with the awartd of a cup for outstanding performance
MY 1956 OLYMPICS MEDAL
This medal was awarded to all participants in the 1956 Olympics including Competitors, Officials, and Olympic Torch Bearers
The absolutely brilliant design which incorporated the shield of the City of Melbourne was by Andor Meszaros
Competing in Brisbane over 880 yards wearing my University colours