Marathon Assists Disabled Olympian 1976
Traralgon athletes will stage a marathon relay from Traralgon to Bairnsdale on Friday to raise funds on behalf of a partially blind Bairnsdale man who is to compete in the Disabled Olympics in August. Jeff McNeill, 20 is partially blind, he has often competed in events with members of Traralgon Harriers amateur athletic club with success. McNeill is the only Victorian competitor to take part in events for the partially blind at the Disabled Olympics, to be staged at Toronto from August 3 to 11.
Traralgon runners have decided to help find some of the $2100 needed for McNeill to attend the games. He will compete in the high jump, long jump, javelin and 100 metres run. The local runners will complete about 15km each during the relay on Friday. Leaving Traralgon at 9am, they will pass through Rosedale at 10:45am, Sale at 12:45pm and Stratford at 1:55pm., arriving in Bairnsdale at about 6pm. During the relay collections will be taken up in each town and from people along the route. Funds raised will be presented at a Ball being held in Bairnsdale on Friday night by the local committee sponsored by the Mayor of Bairnsdale, Cr J.T. Stephenson. Donations from Traralgon may be forwarded to Mr G. Parker at Albroys Service Station, Princes Street.