Terry was another to be inspired to give athletics a go after seeing the Olympic Games come to Melbourne in 1956. He was encouraged to have a tilt at the caper by then member Kevin O’Brien.
Joining on the same day as his good mate Brian O’Sullivan, Terry competed mainly in the hurdles, sprints and horizontal jumps. Terry won the Club Triple Jump Championship in both 1960 and 1961. He managed to grab the same Championship in 1970 – a testimony to his durability!
Terry was good enough to be a part of a special group of people – those who brought the A Grade Track Premiership to Collingwood in the 1958/59 season. On that day Terry wore the black and white in the 220 yards hurdles and the triple jump.
Terry was predominantly a summer athlete, with baseball taking up much of his time during the winter months.
Terry competed until the early seventies but has continued to make a valuable contribution to the Club. He filled the role of Treasurer from 1962 until 1968 and since then, has supported the Club as auditor. A qualified accountant, Terry’s skills have been invaluable to a succession of Treasurers over a long period and the Club has certainly benefitted by his availability. Terry has also managed the affairs of the Coulsen Reserve of which he has been a trustee since 1987.
Over the years many officials at the Club have benefitted from Terry’s experience in the business world and his advice on running an organisation has been of great benefit on many occasions.
Terry served on the committee for a number of years and was a track selector for many seasons. He was made a Life Member in 1974 and was just the ninth recipient of the prestigious Norm Francisco Medal when presented with the award in 2011.
In recent years Terry has a been a regular official at the Club’s winter events, playing a valuable role in helping to keep our runners safe in the series of road races conducted throughout the season.