ENERGETIC: Athlete Trevor Bohan on the 58th anniversary of the Gladstone Olympic torch run.
ENERGETIC: Athlete Trevor Bohan on the 58th anniversary of the Gladstone Olympic torch run. Andrew Morgan

Memories of Gladstone torch run burn bright

IT has been 58 years since local athlete Trevor Bohan ran the Olympic torch through the streets of Gladstone.

But he remembers it like it was yesterday.

The 74-year-old was just a teenager when he was chosen along with 111 other men to take part in delivering the official torch from Cairns to Gin Gin.

The 162km stretch marked the central Queensland leg of the tour and proved to be strenuous, Mr Bohan said.

"You had to run 1600m in under seven minutes," he said.

"My run was at 6.30pm, in the dark, and ran in the dirt, not on bitumen or anything."

Trevor's love of long distance running came after he had a sudden growth spurt and need to run to strengthen his bones.

"I was 6ft1 (185cm) and the Gladstone showgrounds became my second home," he said.

"I used to practise my starts 20, maybe 30, times a day, by throwing a sunshine milk tin that I'd soldered together with bolts in it above my head and go.

"To win I needed to run like a scalded cat."

In 2000 Mr Bohan and the remaining 38 runners gathered to walk from Calliope River into Gladstone, but the 60th celebration was sure to be a big one, he said.

"I have plans to recreate the torch and have it operating with smoke and the lot," he said.

"I've designed a mock Olympic rings t-shirt range too."

Mr Bohan chose to cherish his medallion by soldering it into a chain that he wears around his neck with pride.



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