Cham­pion farewelled

Sunday Star-Times - - NEWS - DILEEPA FONSEKA

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.

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