HISTORIC MOMENT: Nambour welcomes the Olympic Torch in 1956. Scott Trevor is among the athletes on the dais.
HISTORIC MOMENT: Nambour welcomes the Olympic Torch in 1956. Scott Trevor is among the athletes on the dais.

Looking back at Australia's 1956 Olympic Games

THIS year is the 60th anniversary of the OlympicGames, which opened in Melbourne on November22 and ended on December 8.

Scott Trevor, 81, was one of 20 runners to make the run in Maroochy Shire.

"We were informed that to qualify for a place in the Torch Relay we needed to run one mile in five minutes," Mr Trevor said.

"I kept in good physical condition by cutting cane on my father's farm at Maroochy, and as a forerunner to the Games the Maroochy Amateur Athletics Club held a carnival at the Nambour Showgrounds.

"I was honoured to run in the one mile race, which included Murray Halberg. the great New Zealand runner who held several world records in long distance running.

"On November 15, a large crowd were waiting at Yandina for Jeff Johnston to arrive with the torch. My torch was then lit and I proceeded from Yandina School of Arts to where the Big Cow stands.

"When the last torch bearer Don McNiven commenced his run we were taken to Nambour Station Square to line each side of the path to welcome the last runner up to the dais.

"Amid many whistle blasts from the Sugar Mill and from the cane trains, the shire chairman, Mr D.A. Low, welcomed the torch to Nambour just before 9am before about 6000 people in Currie Street. Currie Street being part of the Bruce Highway was closed for all traffic during the torch's stay in Nambour.

"When the torch left Nambour to continue to Brisbane all the torch bearers were invited to the Shire Chambers by the chairman for morning tea and to have photos taken.

"It was an exciting day and will remain with me forever."



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