James Achurch (1991) Javelin

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James Achurch (1991) Javelin


From the Sunshine Coast, Jim was the first Queenslander to ever win an Empire Games (Commonwealth Games) gold medal.

Jim represented Australia in javelin at the 1954 Vancouver games, winning gold with a throw of 224ft and breaking the old record by more then 17 feet.

Jim was the first Australian to throw a javelin more than 200ft. He was also a top ranked tennis player in Queensland and represented his country 8 times in total, 3 in athletics, 5 in veterans tennis.

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