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PETER BURGE RECEIVES HIS INTERNATIONAL ATHLETICS BIB

Friday, 7 September 2018 | Rob Cumbrae-Stewart

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Peter Burge was honoured by Athletics Australia in front of Richmond Football Club Players and Coach.

Chris Wardlaw - Athletics Australia Director presented Peter Burge with his International Athletics Bib in front of the players and coaching staff of the Richmond Football Club (RFC).

Peter Burge Commonwealth Games gold medallist is currently the strength and conditioning Coach of the RFC.

“I stood up in front of the RFC players and roughly stepped out 8 metres and said to the boys that their challenge after the season was to try and jump this far,” Wardlaw said.

“Peter was an incredible Australian athlete, he represented Australia at a variety of meets including winning a gold medal at the 98 Commonwealth Games.”

Athletics Australia proudly began the custom of allocating and presenting International Representation Bibs in 2013.

It is the same principle under which Australia’s cricketers receive a number cap acknowledging their first game for Australia. In athletics however men and women are included on the same list.

Every athletes who has competed at an Olympic or Paralympic Games, Commonwealth Games, World Championships, World Indoors or World Cross Country Championships are eligible for inclusion on the lists - with their first appearance in the green and gold determining their bib position on the respective rolls of honour.

The Lists recognise the first Australian representatives in athletics as Edwin Flack at the 1896 Olympic Games and Daphne Ceeney at the 1960 Paralympics and they have the honour of being allocated as number 1 accordingly.

One of a great long jumpers of Australian Athletics – others include Gary Honey, Jai Taurima, Fabrice Lapierre, Mitch Watt, David Culbert and currently Henry Frayne, along with the women Bronwyn Thompson, Nicole Boegman and currently Brooke Stratton.

Stats around Peter Burge:

  • 1998 CG gold medallist, finalist Sydney 2000 Olympics & 2001 World Indoor

  • A junior international in the triple jump, he successful converted to long jump as a senior athlete

  • 4 Australian titles (1 triple jump, 3 long jump)

  • #6 Australian all-time long jump

  • PB long jump 8.30m

 
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