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Trophy History

Max & Ruby Cooper Memorial Trophy

This trophy is presented to the club Athlete of the Year and recognises the considerable contribution of Max (and Ruby) Cooper through the years 1948-1996. Max was an all round sportsman and a gifted hurdler. After completing a 9-year stretch as Club Captain and retirement from competition in 1962, Max continued as an official and achieved international recognition as a photo finish timer. His wife Ruby was a club and Centre official for many seasons.

Fisher & Sefo Trophy

This trophy is presented to the club Junior Athlete of the Year. Hayden Fisher came to the club as a sprinter in John Tylden’s Fairfield College stable of athletes and was one of the top sprinters in the club for a number of years competing at NZ representative level for the 400m while also making contributions as a committee member and club captain. Briar Sefo came to the club as a youngster with a background in middle distance and gained individual national medals over 800m and 400m hurdles and has been the committee secretary as well as the clubs youngest ever President.

Criss and Debbie Strange Trophy

This trophy is presented to the most improved athlete of the season. It was presented by two colourful members of the 70′s. Paul Burton came to us a sprinter from Melville High. Criss Strange was a gifted allrounder who specialised in 400m hurdles to national champion and NZ representative level. He has also contributed as a committee member, club captain and coach.

WAC Pullar Trophy

Hamilton club has a very strong tradition of hurdlers and this trophy is for the top 400m hurdler in the club. Before Bill Pullar began his long association with the club in 1946, he had an interesting career during the 1930′s, winning numerous New Zealand titles in events as diverse as 400m hurdles to cross country. During his early years with the club he was coach to our first Olympians Dutch Holland and Moss Marshall. In the last few years of his life he remained very interested in the club and was a regular spectator at Porritt Stadium.

Centennial Throws Trophy

This magnificent carved trophy was presented by Debbie Strange, a member as a thrower in the club in the 70′s, and even more important a coach in the 80′s and 90′s. Presented in conjunction with our Centenary in 1995, the trophy goes to the person who does most to advance the throws events, but also this trophy recognises the role of throwers in the club through our history.

Ferguson Pole Vault Trophy

Awarded to the clubs top Pole Vaulter. In the mid 30′s Jim Ferguson was the centre of the vaulters group. He was amongst several members who lost their lives during World War II.

Stu Clement Tankard

Stu was our top high jumper in the 70′s, a true character, valuable league team member and contributor to club life. He held the club high jump record for many years until recently. Now living in Adelaide, he maintains his interest and contact with the club. The trophy is presented to the men’s high jump club champion.

Dolly Vardon Trophy

Fred Jones was a particularly keen distance runner in the club before World War I. After his competitive career ended he remained interested in the club as a vice president, supporter and sponsor for another 40 years. His milk bar business, the Dolly Vardon was a landmark in Hamilton for as long and a source of information for runners via its notice boards. The cup was donated by Fred in 1936 and goes to the winner of the club champs over 1500m.

RP Luckie Junior Points Cup

Awarded to the M20 athlete who scores the most points in club champs events. Paul Luckie has the longest membership in the clubs history at 52 years. Firstly as an all round athlete, in throws, hurdles and decathlon. Through the years he has filled many roles including treasurer, president, selector, manager, coach and life member.

de Bell Trophy

George de Bell joined the club aged over 70 in the 1980′s and proved himself to be a hardy competitor. This cup is awarded to the veteran who scores the most points in the club champs

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