Think Ron Clarke, Herb Elliott, Cathy Freeman, Raelene Boyle and Benita Willis; imagine them at their peak, all in the one team. Frightening.
From the stars of yester year to today’s headline acts, in recognition of one of Victoria’s biggest contingent heading overseas to represent Australia, Athletics Victoria has created an all-time Commonwealth Games team based on the athletics events offered in Glasgow this month.
To help make the big decisions Athletics Victoria turned to three of the sports heavy weights when it comes to stats, history and athlete credentials – Paul Jenes, Athletics Australia and Victoria Statistician, Ronda Jenkins, Athletics Victoria Records and Rankings Manager and former Fairfax sports journalist and current Australian Commonwealth Games Association Media Manager Len Johnson.
The process was chaired by Athletics Victoria’s Communications Coordinator Chris Kenner, with the assistance from Tim Crosbie and Nick Wall.
Consideration for each position was based around club association, performances at major international competition and Australian all-time records.
As per the current selection policy three athletes were selected for each event and no currently banned athletes are available for selection.
When it comes to the numbers game, Glenhuntly Athletics Club is the highest represented club with 14 athletes, while Box Hill Athletics Club and Ringwood Athletics Club both have 10 each.
One of Victoria’s newest clubs, South Coast Athletics Club’s first international representative at senior level, 18-year-old Eleanor Patterson who will be a strong medal chance at this year’s Glasgow Commonwealth Games is the youngest female member of the Victorian all-time Commonwealth Games team.
|100m||Hec Hogan, Gary Holdsworth, Gary Eddy|
|200m||Peter Norman, Greg Lewis, Steve Brimacombe|
|400m||Rick Mitchell, Rob Stone, Sean Wroe|
|800m||Ralph Doubell, Peter Bourke, Noel Clough|
|1500m||Herb Elliott, John Landy, Graham Crouch|
|5000m||Ron Clarke, Craig Mottram, Alex Hillhouse|
|10000m||Ron Clarke, Bill Scott, Steve Moneghetti|
|Marathon||Rob de Castella, Steve Moneghetti, Derek Clayton|
|110mH||Kyle Vander-Kuyp, Peter Gardner, Ray Weinberg|
|400mH||Rohan Robinson, Bruce Field, Ken Roche|
|3000mST||Shaun Creighton, Peter Larkins, Trevor Vincent|
|High Jump||Tim Forsyth, Lawrie Peckham, Tony Sneazwell|
|Pole Vault||Steve Hooker, Don Baird, Ray Boyd|
|Long Jump||Gary Honey, David Culbert, Allen Crawley|
|Triple Jump||Ian Campbell, Mick McGrath, Alwyn Jones|
|Shot Put||Scott Martin, Dale Stevenson, John Minns|
|Discus||Benn Harradine, Scott Martin, Werner Reiterer|
|Hammer||Phil Spivey, Hans Lotz, Dick Leffler|
|Javelin||Andrew Martin, Adrian Hatcher, Manfred Rohkamper|
|Decathlon||Scott Ferrier, Peter Winter, Paul Scott|
|100m||Raelene Boyle, Winsome Cripps, Lauren Hewitt|
|200m||Raelene Boyle, Cathy Freeman, Lauren Hewitt|
|400m||Cathy Freeman, Judy Pollock (Amoore), Raelene Boyle|
|800m||Charlene (Neighbour) Rendina, Judy (Amoore) Pollock, Tamsyn Lewis-Manou|
|1500m||Sarah Jamieson, Margaret (Leaney) Crowley, Jenny Orr|
|5000m||Benita Willis, Sarah Jamieson, Kate (Anderson) Richardson|
|10000m||Susie Power, Carolyn Schuwalow, Benita Willis|
|Marathon||Benita Willis, Lisa Weightman, Lisa Dick|
|100mH||Pam (Kilborn) Ryan. Jane Flemming, Gaye (Murphy) Dell|
|400mH||Debbie Flintoff-King, Jana Pittman, Sonia Brito|
|3000mST||Victoria Mitchell, Leah Rogers, Stella Radford|
|High Jump||Eleanor Patterson, Lisa Bruty, Jenny Talbot|
|Pole Vault||Emma George, Bridgid Isworth, Rosanna Ditton|
|Long Jump||Robyn (Strong) Lorraway, Jane Flemming, Pam (Kilborn) Ryan|
|Triple Jump||Ellen Pettitt, Jeanette Bowles, Mari Viduka|
|Shot Put||Gael (Mulhall) Martin, Astra Vitols, Bev Francis|
|Discus||Gael (Mulhall) Martin, Astra Vitols, Jean Roberts|
|Hammer||Gabrielle Neighbour, Denise Passmore, Natalie Debeljuh|
|Javelin||Kathryn Mitchell, Cecila McIntosh, Petra Rivers|
|Heptathlon||Jane Flemming, Sherryl Morrow, Peta Kennedy|
Note: Walks has not been included in 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games program but please see below our selected athletes.
|20KW||Nathan Deakes, Jared Tallent, Noel Freeman|
|50KW||Nathan Deakes, Jared Tallent, Simon Baker|
|20KW||Regan Lamble, Jess Rothwell, Kelly Ruddick|