As the Olympic season draws to a close, St Andrew’s would like to reflect on the achievements of our own Androvian Olympians.
Earlier this month, Forbes Carlile, passed away at the age of 95. We would like to remember him as not only former Alum (fR 1940) of St Andrew’s but also as Australia’s oldest Olympian.
Carlile was a true innovator of sporting achievements through his extensive background and interest in Science. As an undergraduate at the University of Sydney, he studied both medicine and physiology, working alongside ‘the father of sports science in Australia’, Professor Frank Cotton. They both went on to launch the first “laboratory” for training excellence at Palm Beach in 1945.
His research looked into improving swimming performance and his experiments showed that increasing the distance per session generally strengthened the body rather than weakened it. This was first put to practice and shown accurate in the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, where he acted as head coach and led the Australian Swim Team to eight of the 13 gold medals on offer.
Carlile was inaugurated into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1977 and the Australian Sports Hall of Fame 12 years later.
St Andrew’s are proud to have such a talented man as part of our community.
We are always delighted to hear of our Androvians sporting achievements and have an array of residents who have worn the nation’s colours in various Olympic competitions. To name a few:
Nigel C Barker (fR 1908) – USYD’s first Olympian and medallist
Leslie McKeand (fR 1943) – Athletics -1948
John Hudson (fR 1970) – Rowing – 1960
Glen Kable (fR 1981) (for Fiji) – Men’s Trap – 2004/2008/2012/2016
Jaime Ryan (fR 2013) – Sailing – 2016
Hannah Buckling (fR 2010) – Water Polo – 2016