I'm not sure whether I watched live when Dick Tayler won his gold medal for the 10,000m at the Commonwealth Games in Christchurch in 1974, but I've seen it often enough since that I've got a clear mental image of him crossing the line with his arms raised.
That was a very special moment - gold for a Canterbury lad in front of a home crowd.
Apparently Marlborough can take some credit for his win, too, because Tayler lived in Blenheim and trained on our roads and in the Wither Hills during the very hot, dry summer leading up to the games. He did 200km a week.
I learned of the connection last night when Tayler was guest speaker at the launch of the book published to mark the 125th anniversary of the Blenheim Workingmen's club.
He seemed an unusual choice of speaker for that sort of event, but he quickly explained his connection with the region, then soon had his audience in fits.
In a speech he has probably given many times on the celebrity circuit, he quickly passed over his young years growing up in South Canterbury and heading off to Dunedin on his "big OE", where he was eventually introduced to the great coach Arthur Lydiard.
And there his story began in detail, of his daily training routine, recovery sessions drinking beer standing deep in the Wairau River, the build-up and recounting the race lap by lap. It was a fascinating sporting tale, and told so well anyone would have enjoyed it.
He is a very relaxed speaker who judged his audience well and was bang on with his punchlines, including the one about meeting the Queen and calling her Mrs Queen rather than Your Majesty.
The book has been a huge effort by the club team, and it was good to be there to celebrate the launch. Hearing Tayler tell the insider's view of what we watched on the tele that day in 1974 was a bonus.
Thanks again to the club for the invitation.
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