St. Mark Amateur Athletic Club

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In 1931 the St. Marks Church of Sunshine formed the St. Marks Amateur Athletics Club. It appears that Rev. L. J. Harwood was the instigator behind the formation of the new athletics club.

 

In the 1933/34 season, the club won the "F" Grade premiership of the Victorian Amateur Athletics Association. The club's competition name was St. Marks Harriers.

 

In 1942/43 season, the club won the "A" Grade premiership. At that time the Club's President was Mr. L. M. James and a life membership award was given to Mr. William Anderson.

 

In 1947, the Captain of St. Marks Athletics Club, Ken Doubleday became Australian's Junior Hop, Skip & Jump (Triple Jump) Champion. A public appeal campaign was arranged to assist him to compete at the Empire Games (Commonwealth Games) in New Zealand in 1950. Ken won 13 State Titles, 11 in the 120 yards (110 metres) and 220 yards (200 metres) hurdles and 2 in the triple jump. He also won 5 National Tiles, 3 in the 120 yards (110 metres) and 2 in the 220 yards (200 metres) hurdles. In 1952 Ken was a Olympic finalist in the 120 yards (metres) hurdles.