John Gil­mour Medal caps an oar­some year

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - COMMUNITY CLASSIFIEDS | SPORT -

THE Curtin Uni­ver­sity Boat Club con­tin­ued its suc­cess­ful 2016 at the RAC WA Sports Star Awards on De­cem­ber 12 when it won the Be­yond Sport John Gil­mour Medal.

The in­au­gu­ral medal was pre­sented to the club in recog­ni­tion of its Row Ahead, which in­cor­po­rates row­ing lessons and aca­demic men­tor­ing, giv­ing stu­dents from Clon­tarf Abo­rig­i­nal Col­lege the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence the sport while en­cour­ag­ing them to pur­sue ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties be­yond high school.

The row­ing club, based at Sal­ter Point, also won the Curtin Uni­ver­sity Sports Club Ex­cel­lence Award and the Sports Club Com­mu­nity Award at the Curtin Uni­ver­sity Sport Awards.

RAC In­sur­ance chief ex­ec­u­tive John Stringer said the awards aligned with a com­mit­ment to giv­ing back to the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s mem­bers and the com­mu­nity.

“Sport plays an im­por­tant role in the com­mu­nity and can help build re­silience, foster team work and in­spire lead­ers,” he said.

John Gil­mour served in the Aus­tralian In­fantry Forces and was taken as a prisoner of war in Sin­ga­pore but over­came eye­sight dam­age due to mal­nu­tri­tion to win nu­mer­ous long-dis­tance run­ning events.

He founded the first ath­let­ics club south of the Swan River and es­tab­lished the WA Marathon Club.

RAC In­sur­ance chief ex­ec­u­tive John Stringer presents the Be­yond Sport John Gil­mour Medal to Curtin Uni­ver­sity Boat Club pres­i­dent Cameron Thorn.

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