Traveller’s identity has Payne stumped
He was just 13 but already close to 190cm and he was sensational. His athleticism was extraordinary B E N S I MMONS’ J U N I O R A F L C OAC H J O E MEZGEC
YOU never know who you are going to sit next to on a plane, even if you’re a famous Australian.
During a recent flight from Melbourne to Sydney, two well-known identities struck up an enjoyable conversation for the entire trip, blissfully unaware of the other’s identity.
One, a 32-year-old woman, is known internationally for her deeds two years ago on the first Tuesday in November.
The other, a 77-year-old man, is best remembered for his sporting heroics 50 years ago against the Old Enemy. It wasn’t until the flight’s completion that the man asked the woman her name, immediately recognising (left) as the first woman to ride a Melbourne Cup winner. But she is still unaware that her chatting partner was none other than (inset), the great Victorian batsman who scored 307 against England at the MCG in 1965-66.