Triple jump: Aussie scatters father’s ashes on track

An Australian woman has admitted taking the ashes of her late father – trackside to the London Games.


Afp August 11, 2012

SYDNEY: An Australian woman has admitted taking the ashes of her late father – an Olympic silver medallist – trackside to the London Games and scattering them over the triple jump run-up. Robyn Glynn told Sydney radio that her father George Avery, who died in 2006, had wanted to attend the London Olympics because it was where he won second place in the triple jump, then known as the hop, step and jump, in 1948. So the family booked tickets for the triple jump final, and took his remains along. “We decided in 2000 that we were going to bring my father back here but unfortunately he passed away a few years ago,” she told ABC radio. “So we came over with his ashes.”

Published in The Express Tribune, August 11th, 2012.

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