Barry Dobson receives OAM
TWO quiet achievers from the southwest have been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to the community.
Retired Inala builder Barry Dobson, 77, was nominated by his sister Andrea Thompson after a lifetime spent volunteering as an athletics official.
While pursuing his own goals as a marathon runner, Mr Dobson has taken on volunteer roles such as track umpire, timekeeper, coach and club committee positions to help others pursue their sporting dreams.
Mr Dobson migrated to Brisbane, from Britain, with his wife Irene in 1963 and was soon organising athletics events at the migrant centre in Brisbane.
Since then he has been part of Olympic and Commonwealth Games events and lists being on the track as an official when Kathy Freeman won Gold at the 2000 Olympics as a highlight.
He also lists mentoring Paralympian Gerard Gossens and marathon runner Pat Carroll among his proudest achievements.
“I ran 17 marathons, the last four in under three hours, which is considered the yardstick,” he said.
*with thanks to Julie Sanderson from Quest Newspapers
Picture: QUEST NEWSPAPERS/Julie Sanderson
Qld Track Classic 2020
World Athletics, Oceania Athletics, Athletics Australia and Queensland Athletics are very pleased to announce that the 2020 edition of the Queensland Track Classic, 20 March 2020, will join the World Athletics Continental Tour as a Silver level permit meet.
As one of only ten Silver level meets on the World Athletics Continental Tour, and the first of the series, we aim to provide the best all round experience possible for those in attendance, joining the likes of ISTAF Berlin, recognised as the oldest annual one-day meeting (going since 1921)
Another exciting aspect of the Silver level permit is the significant prize money on offer to the athletes on the day. Participation in the Continental Tour, at the Silver level, grants athletes the opportunity to gain valuable “B” level points, as they strive towards the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Securing a Silver level event is a great result for Australian Athletics and next year our ambition is to go one step further and obtain a Continental Tours Gold Level. A Gold Level meet is the highest scoring one day competition outside the Diamond League and will include some Diamond League status event such as Discus and Triple Jump.
In order to be successful, it is critical that we have the highest quality fields and best athletes available at the 2020 Queensland Track Classic so strongly encourage all athletes to nominate for the 2020 Queensland Track Classic.
Nominations for the Queensland Track Classic are now open at: https://bit.ly/3aJCVvh
We look forward to seeing you all at the Qld Sports and Athletics Centre on March 20th for an amazing night of Track and Field action!