Herb Elliott
Herb Elliott

Herb adds spice to rugby lunch

By Steve Spinks

OLYMPIC great Herb Elliott will highlight the new-look Far North Coast rugby union best and fairest luncheon at the Bangalow Hotel on Sunday.

Elliott, who now lives at Bangalow, will be guest speaker, with all proceeds of the day going to the Richard Allen Fund, the Bangalow player who broke his neck earlier this season.

For those with a bad memory or who were not born in the past 40 years Elliott, pictured below, is the athlete who won gold in the 1500 metres at the 1960 Rome Olympics in a then world record time.

He was undefeated in more than 40 races over 1500m or the mile during his career.

A graduate of Cambridge University, Elliott went on to a successful career outside of athletics.

He was involved in organising the Sydney Olympic Games and has been associated with the Australian Institute of Sport. He was also head of Puma in North America for a number of years.

The luncheon is a re-introduction of the best and fairest dinner, last held more than 15 years ago.

Since then, the best and fairest in each grade, as well as the highest point-scorer award, has been handed out after the grand finals.

Sometimes the players were not even there to receive their award, which took some of the gloss off their achievements.

n Contact your club to see if they have organised a table or speak to Wayne Millane on 6622 4337.



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