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    Saturday, 18 August 2018 04:26

    Vale - Ron Crawford OAM

    It was very sad news to hear that Ron Crawford, 3 times Olympian and our club President for 17 years, died at age 82.
    Ron was one of the kind, practically dedicated his whole life to sport, first as a competitor and later as sport administrator. His passing is a huge loss to our club.

     

    Ron worked tirelessly to help our club in any possible way. He was very connected person and could always find a way to financially support athletes, buy equipment for a club or organize social function. In his younger days he tried himself in few athletic disciplines but eventually settled to become a race walker. He represented Australia in 20k and 50k walks at three Olympic Games; 1956 in Melbourne, 1960 in Rome and 1964 in Tokyo. He was 11th in 20k walk in 1960 Olympics and also 11th in 50k walk in 1964 Olympics. He also won national title in 10000m walk on the track back in 1961. As a sport administrator he held many important positions including member of the board of Athletics Australia, Director of Athletics New South Wales, President of Regal Race Walkers and President of Randwick Botany Harriers Athletic Club. Also, for many years he was involved with timing and finish control of City to Surf, Sydney Half Marathon and other road races.

    David Tarbotton and Ron Bendall from Athletics NSW wrote this wonderful Ron's biography with some details that truly highlight his character and above all passion for sport and people.

    Ron will be missed very much. Rest in peace.

    From our club's history collection: Ron Crawford competing for Randwick-Kensington
    Ron speaking at Club's 2010 Annual General Meeting
    Ron presenting Hergenhan's trophy to 2007 2-mile handicap race winner Daniel Hazan
     
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