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Augustus "Gus" Theobald   Australia
Apr 1897  - 08. Aug  1990


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Victorian Race Walking Club  VRWC



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5000m Track Walk All-Time Rankings
 
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10 KM Road Walk All-Time Rankings  
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20 KM Road Walk All-Time Rankings
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Augustus "Gus" Theobald the popular and amazing, was born in April 1897 and joined the Victorian Walkers Club in 1931, just after Frank McGuire. A comparative late starter in athletics at 35, he had nearly 59 years of competitive racing until, at the age of 93, he was tragically stuck by a car and killed while crossing a road in suburban Ormond on August 8 1990.

Gus finished third in the Victorian 50km title in 1935 at 38, claiming he turned to walking 'because I thought I was too old to compete in other events'. Gus went on to win the Victorian 50km title in 1949.

Gus was a hardworkng club member of VRWC and, being an electrician, he offered his services and did the electrical work for the Alf Robinson Clubrooms which were built at Albert Park in the early sixties.

Gus was awarded his life membership of VAWC in 1961 but he was regarded as a senior member of the club long before that. When the club reformed in 1946, one of the first trophies to be set up was the Gus Theobold Trophy and it was contested for some years.

This trophy was re-instituted by VRWC in 1990 and is awarded annually to the winner of the Open Mens 20 km Club Championship.

During his illustrious career he was president of the Glenhuntly Club from 1958 to 1972. During that period it was Victoria's most successful distance club boasting internationals Ron Clarke, Pat Clohessy, Trevor Vincent, Chris Wardlaw, Rob De Castella and Pat Scammall among its membership. Gus officiated at the 1956 Olympic and 1962 Commonwealth Games and was very proud when awarded life membership of the Glenhuntly Club.

Gus was a member of the VAAA since 1932, with 58 years of racing. He was the second longest competing walker. Only Tom Daintry could match his record.

Gus loved travelling and competing.  He drove his van to the Lake Burley Griffin Carnival in 1972 (at 75 years of aage) and finished the 20mile event in front of 4 walkers half his age. He continued to drive his van till the day he died.