ATHLETICS Essendon has unveiled a special commemorative wall to honour the 17 athletes who have represented the club before going on to wear the green and gold at the Olympic Games. To coincide with the Peter Norman Classic, the wall will be revealed before a full card of sprints featuring many of Australia’s top athletes.
Plaques representing each Games with the names of the participating athletes will decorate the wall.
Peter Norman is one of the club’s favourite sons, whose national record of 20.06 for the 200 metres and silver medal in the 1968 Mexico City Olympics is still much celebrated. The event named in his honour, was thought by the club to be the perfect time to reveal its feature wall.
Club secretary and record holder for the 200 hurdles Ian Williams said the club had wanted to honour its champions for a long time. “It’s a unique situation in sport. A heck of a lot of people take part in sport but not many make it to that [Olympic] level.
“We are the only club to have representation at 12 consecutive Olympics and have 17 Olympians in total. More….