Dick Quax – one of New Zealand’s most revered Olympians – has been remembered as a man who ran with a belief he could beat anyone he lined up against.
‘‘It was not arrogance, it was a belief in himself,’’ four-time Olympic medallist Lorraine Moller told the congregation at Quax’s funeral in Parnell’s Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland.
Quax died at Middlemore Hospital on Monday, aged 70, and yesterday about 800 people, including politicians, athletes, friends, and family celebrated his life.
Sports commentator Brendan Telfer paid tribute to the soundbite perfection of Quax’s two-syllabled name – far better designed for sports commentary than his given name of Theodorus Jacobus Leonardus Quax.
As well as Commonwealth Games and Olympics silver medals, and being one of only three New Zealanders to break a world track record at an Olympic distance, Quax was also remembered for his political career as a Manukau City and Auckland City councillor.
Mourners follow Dick Quax’s hearse through Auckland, yesterday.