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Manly Pathway of Olympians - Manly, Australia
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member denben
S 33° 47.942 E 151° 17.017
56H E 341114 N 6258802
Quick Description: This plaque is on the harbour side of a monument dedicated to Captain Arthur Phillip the first Governor of New South Wale. It is located on West Esplanade near Manly Wharf.
Location: New South Wales, Australia
Date Posted: 12/19/2014 9:17:15 PM
Waymark Code: WMN3G7
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
Views: 1

Long Description:
"The Manly Pathway of the Olympians honours the strikingly large number of Manly residents (past and present) who have represented Australia at the Olympic or Paralympic Games, and features cast bronze plaques for Olympians and Paralympians who have had a significant association with the Manly Area. Commemorating Manly's sporting history there is over 100 years of Manly residents who represented Australia in Olympic Games. The plaques list the name of the Olympian, sport, year and location of Olympic game." List of plaques: (visit link)

The plaque reads:


Manly has made a unique contribution to Australia's Olympic Games history. Its first local competitor at the Games was Tom Richards, who won a gold medal with the Wallabies Rugby Union team in 1908. By 1924 ten young men from the village had attended three Olympic Games, and returned home with six gold medals, six silver and one bronze. At the Paris Games of 1924, all three of Australia's gold medallists- Andrew Charlton, Richmond Eve and Anthony Winter-were from Manly.
A separate even earlier identification with the Games came from Stan Rowley, who in 1900 became the first sprinter to represent Australia. He did not go to the Olympics from Manly, but settled here much later and was buried in Manly Cemetery. While in Paris in 1900 he won three bronxe medals for Australia, and was in 1992 accorded gold-medal status for having competed with a winning British cross-country team.
As Manly has grown and prospered, men and women from this community have continued to represent Australia with distinction at the Olympics (both Summer and Winter) and the Paralympics. This pathway records the illustrious catalogue of names that reflects manly's enduring role in these events. Its creation is both a celebration of pride and a tribute to special people, who have lived in a special place.

Harry Gordon Official Historian Australian Olympic Committee.

The Manly Pathway of Olympians and Paralympians
was opened by Jean Hay A.M Mayor of Manly
on Saturday 1st July, 2000"
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