|30 Nov 2023
Image: Bruce Frayne, Jamie Kelly and Rick Wilson
The Saints Athletics Club past and current members reveled in the atmosphere of renewed friendships, recalling experiences of all kinds and appreciating the camaraderie for which the club is famous at its 75th (+2) reunion and book launch on the 25th November 2023. [Covid resulted in a delay of 2 years!]
Image: Paula Botten Hans van Bavel, Patti Wilson, Jamie Botten, Rick Wilson and Andrew Maenda
A large gathering enjoyed the convivial atmosphere of Big School Room and the Big Quad as well as the excellent catering to add to the lively atmosphere. It was 27 years since the last major reunion of the club.
Attendees ranged from 16 to 91 and all ages in between, mixing happily in being together in this rare opportunity. There were several Olympians, many champions past and former club presidents and captains in attendance but so too were many who just enjoyed being part of the club successes and who had given their all in competition over the decades. Along with the athletics fraternity, were partners and supporters who also were swept up with the friendly nature of the occasion.
Image:Ian Irwin, Angus Brock, Lane Whittaker, Josh Love and Josiah Whittaker
Image: Andrew Gartrell, Guy Bowden, Mark Bollen, Andrew Wicks and Mark Helier
Both former president, Tony Keynes OAM and Hans van Bavel former long-term secretary, who edited the special 75th Anniversary History Book, gave rousing and emotion charged speeches and current president, Brooke Hines provide an inspiring video (as she was unfortunately unable to attend).
Image: Hans and Anton van Bavel
As with many happy occasions, the event went all too quickly and provided another appreciated and special memory for all those who were there until the next time we gather for another special celebration.
Image: Jamie Botten and George Murrell
On reflection it is easy to understand why this club is one of the most successful in the Athletics SA Track and Field competitions over the last 75 years – and this event provides the impetus to remain truly great in the future.
Image: George Murrell, Tim Browning and Barry Starr (in the background)
Copies of '75 Years Anniversary History Book’ edited by Hans van Bavel includes several detailed and inspiring contributions from past members. Books are available for purchase from the Saints Athletics Club for $40.00 with collection from Oval House, St Peter's College or add $10 postage. Please email email@example.com for more information.