The 2022 Annual General Meeting was held on the Monday the 12th of September in the AFL Dining Room at the MCG with around 200 members and their guests attending. Our speaker was Kevin Cassidy who delighted us with his stories of long distance running and especially swimming.
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Hall of Fame Inductees
Clarke Whitehand (S0160) spoke of the reasons behind his original suggestion that a Spartans Hall of Fame should be created to honour Spartans on completion of their 30th marathon. He introduced the six inductees. Eric Heine (S0872) and Lorraine Allen (SF0011) qualified in 2019. Jay Fleming (S1012), Ian Gainey (SW1), Greg Moore (S0914) and Ken Watt (S0844) all ran their 30th marathons in 2021. John Dean (S20) assisted with the presentations.
Clarke at the lectern
Ian Gainey, the first wheelchair Spartan
Hall of Fame Group. Note that Eric Heine was unable to attend.
Fastest Spartans, 2021
David Alcock (S1313) was presented with the Jack Gubbins award by Pete Battrick (S5). David’s time was 2:41:55
Serena Zienau (SF114) won the Shirley Young award for her time of 3:54:47.
She was unable to accept the award because she was on holiday in Queensland, but did send this recent photograph. Serena is recuperating from substantial medical issues and is intent on finishing the 2022 marathon, then setting a faster time in 2023.
Incoming Spartans, Running their tenth in 2022
Presenter Kevin Cassidy is shown doing the presentations
Julian (Jules) Govan
Sinesh Panamthanath Murali
Juan Claudio Ramirez
Lucinda and Steven Scott
Jackie Ginefra and Rodney Vella
All incoming Spartans
Spartans who have run their tenth.
Cameron Stamp S1389
Matthew Arms S1413
Hamish Blair S1423
Cameron Handley S1422
Paul Harman S1415
Catherine Hunter SF0150
Andrew McKenzie S1418
David Nanfra S1403
Chris O’Brien S1411
Matthew Sheehan S1404
Greg Watson S1420
Group of Ten Year Spartans who qualified in 2021 or earlier
Milestone 15 Year Spartans
John Goutzoulas S1247
David Martini S1171
Frank Palermo S1237
Yao Wang SF0101
Syd Bone S1119
Retrospective 15 Year Spartans
Brett Butler S1176
Len Hallett S1202
Dean Martin S1230
Anil Nayyar S6774
Peter Seal S1218
Simon Walker S1214
Pamela Young SF0093
All Spartans awarded 15 year singlets
20 Year Singlet
Hilton Kahlberg S0997
25 Year Singlets
Chris Grafen S1011
Michael Miriklis S1002
Andrew Morrison S1001
Milan Stanisic S933
Rod Bayley S612 (retrospective)
Patrick Herft (retrospective) S968
Maureen Wilson SF0034
All 25 year singlet recipients
30 Year Singlets
Trevor Marsh S751
Greg Payne S930
35 year singlet recipients
Andy Moore S276
Con Zanetidis S0607
40 year singlet recipient
Grayson Summers (retrospective) S290
Photos from the Evening
Jay Fleming is at the lectern. Due to the unavailability of key committee members, Jay carried an enormous responsibility for the smooth running of the evening, from set-up, through running the meeting, to packing up. Rod Bayley, our Treasurer, is standing at Jay’s left. Not only does Rod look after the books, he and his wife Helen (aka the Singlet Queen) manage the large number of singlets required. They ensure that singlets of correct sizes are available, and this requires some tricky forecasting because lead times for delivery are not short. All singlets are named to make the presentations run smoothly. Anne Ziogos and Vicky Chung, our co-secretaries are seated at the table.
Felicity Doolan is the Membership Secretary. She is responsible for obtaining and recording the details of new members. We verify all runs claimed, and enter them into our database. Existing members who are qualifying for a milestone singlet are also checked. She also must liaise with Rod and Helen Bayley to ensure that singlets are available in correct sizes and colours.
The days leading to the presentation are busy as she finalises the lists of singlet recipients.
She also handles the RSVPs. Correct names and numbers are required by the MCG, who expect that the total number of Spartans and their guests will be available seven days before the event.
Kai Ooi is processing a merchandise sale to Spartan John Manias (S646) and incoming Spartan Harrison Manias.
Kai has been instrumental in bringing many of the Spartans’ financial transactions online and developed the QR codes used at the AGM.
John Dobson is amused by David Foskey’s attempts to get a slideshow of images showing on the big screens of the AFL Dining Room.
John was later very busy during the singlet presentations.
Paul Basile wasn’t captured in any photographs because he spent his evening behind a camera.
David Martini (S1171) In a jacket with the Spartan logo embroidery.
A view of the room showing the large audience.
We now have a Melbourne based supplier of embroidered Spartan jackets and vests. You can also, Like David Martini at left, supply your own jacket.
This wonderful photo of the MCG at night was taken by Mike Zervos.