Great opportunities in the family athletics club
ABOVE LEFT: BENJAMIN BEISCHER (YEAR 9) IN FULL FLIGHT AROUND &LSQUO;THE TAN&RSQUO;.
Every second week from April to August, the Old Scotch Athletics Club joins with other schools in a cross country competition, held in beautiful parks around Melbourne.
Old Scotch is very much a family club, and a feature of this season has been the number of family groups competing: Nigel Watson (’65) with Sue, Hamish and Lachlan; Jon Holmes (’69) with Janet, Tamami and Jules; Rob Schwerkolt with Zoe and Delwyn; Mark Purvis (’74) with Candice and David (’44), who timekeeps; David, James (’17) and Grace Lightfoot; Doug and Mari Campbell; James (’80) and Tom Russell (’12); and Phil (’69) and Cilla Barton.
This year we have had a resurgence in members and participation, with Old Scotch fielding the second highest number of runners behind Old Xaverians. The schoolboys join us when they are available.
Col Findlay (’53), who is in his late 70s, continues to amaze us. He came second on handicap in the McPhail on 11 June.
A number of runners use the season as training for half or full marathons. Mark Purvis competed in the Berlin Marathon and Jon and Tamami Holmes completed the Boston Marathon. On alternate weeks, the keener runners compete under a combined APS United team in Athletics Victoria events.
The club is committed to helping the school through training, and by sponsoring teams in the Athletics Victoria track and field competition over summer.
ABOVE, RIGHT: JON HOLMES (&RSQUO;69) AT NORTONS PARK.
Club member Andy Jamieson (’63) recently set pending world records for the M70 10km and 20km road walks. Andy continues his stellar walking career, which included being named ‘IAAF Male Masters Athlete of the Year’ in 2007. He previously held world records in the M55, M60 and M65 age groups.
Old Scotch Athletics Club has entered teams in the junior and senior Athletics Victoria competition, commencing on 8 October. Everyone is welcome to join us, whatever your standard of athletic prowess. We particularly welcome anyone who would like to throw a shot, discus, javelin or hammer, whatever your level of ability — training is available! Please contact Tom Russell, the club’s Vice President, Track and Field at Tom_Russell777@hotmail.com.
ROB WILSON (’66)