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6332:Photos > Sporting Life

submitted by Dean Coroneos on 09.11.2005

Dr. Steve Georgakis with original members of the Sydney Olympic Club (1945), Nick Marcells, Bill Psaltis, Leo Raftos, Con Mottee and George Stell.

Photograph from:

From Sport and the Australian Greek,
Dr. Steve Georgakis
Standard Publishing House Pty Ltd
Rozelle, Sydney.
2000.

Olympic Year 2000:

Dr. Steve Georgakis with original members, Nick Marcells, Bill Psaltis, Leo Raftos,
Con Mottee and George Stell, of the Sydney Olympic Club (1945).

Three of the group are Kytherians:

Nick Marcells, Bill Psaltis, and Con ...

6331:Photos > Sporting Life

submitted by Dean Coroneos on 16.01.2005

Olympic Club of NSW. Magazine. 1948.

From Sport and the Australian Greek,
Dr. Steve Georgakis
Standard Publishing House Pty Ltd
Rozelle, Sydney.
2000.

Note the Clubs motto - which literally translated means - Healthy mind..and..Healthy body.

Original copy supplied by Nick Marcells.

Sydney Olympic Club

Brief History


Through Nick Fisher’s connections in Sydney, Melbourne Olympic Club (MOC) members travelled ...

6235:Photos > Sporting Life

submitted by Kiriaki Orfanos on 06.01.2005

Andrew Simos. National Volleyballer.

Andrew Simos, is the son of Con and Maria (nee, Levounes) Simos.
He has two sisters, Irene and Katina.

Andrew is an Olympic standard volleyball player, and has had an international career.

In the year 2000, he ws chosen to be a member of the Australian volleyball team, but missed playing, due to an injury to his shoulder.

For a more detailed history of the Levounes family from Potamos, and the Simos family, see the entry by Maria Simos-Levounes. ...

6056:Photos > Sporting Life

submitted by George Poulos on 28.12.2004

George Stephen Girdis, Sailing. Roll of Honour, Services to Sport. Greek Australian Sports Hall of Fame

As notified in a previous entry, and re-iterated in less detail at the conclusion of this entry - in the year 2000, the Greek - Australian Sports Hall of Fame was inaugurated.

Many athletes of the original 166 are obviously of Kytherian origin - Psaltis's, Samios, Zantiotis, Andronicus: but the place of origin in Greece of many others - particularly those born in Australia - has not been indicated in the biographies outlined in the original list. Determining how many Kytherians ...

6021:Photos > Sporting Life

submitted by George Poulos on 25.12.2004

George Galanis. Ice Skating.

As notified in a previous entry, and re-iterated in less detail at the conclusion of this entry - in the year 2000, the Greek - Australian Sports Hall of Fame was inaugurated.

Many athletes of the original 166 are obviously of Kytherian origin - Psaltis's, Samios, Zantiotis, Andronicus: but the place of origin in Greece of many others - particularly those born in Australia - has not been indicated in the biographies outlined in the original list. Determining how many Kytherians ...

5943:Photos > Sporting Life

submitted by George Poulos on 15.12.2004

DISCOBOLUS

Artist:
Robert Owen (Australia, b. 1937).

Artist Robert Owen has created a landscape that links the Homebush Bay site to the Olympic Games in Ancient Greece, and celebrates the Greek origins of many Australians.

Within a grove of olive and cypress trees, the apparent remains of an ancient temple emerge, with five column drums - the number of Olympic rings. The large disc is embedded in the ground as though it has been hurled from Ancient Greece by a discus-thrower ...

5789:Photos > Sporting Life

submitted by George Vardas on 05.12.2004

The Grecian Marathon Runner

THE GRECIAN MARATHON RUNNER

Long distance running is as old as the Ancient Olympics. The marathon in particular evokes the traditions and glories of Ancient Greece and is run by athletes with incredible stamina and endurance.

One of Kythera’s own sons became an accomplished marathon runner and walker in the early part of the twentieth century and almost represented Australia at the Stockholm Games in 1912. In the words of one journalist, he came to be regarded ...

5750:Photos > Sporting Life

submitted by George Poulos on 15.12.2004

Nick Girdis, CBE. Sailor. Roll of Distinction. Greek Australian Sports Hall of Fame.

As notified in a previous entry, and re-iterated in less detail at the conclusion of this entry - in the year 2000, the Greek - Australian Sports Hall of Fame was inaugurated.

Many athletes of the original 166 are obviously of Kytherian origin - Psaltis's, Samios, Zantiotis, Andronicus: but the place of origin in Greece of many others - particularly those born in Australia - has not been indicated in the biographies outlined in the original list. Determining how many Kytherians ...

5748:Photos > Sporting Life

submitted by George Poulos on 01.12.2004

Stephen Girdis, Sailor. Roll of Distinction. Greek Australian Sports Hall of Fame.

As notified in a previous entry, and re-iterated in less detail at the conclusion of this entry - in the year 2000, the Greek - Australian Sports Hall of Fame was inaugurated.

Many athletes of the original 166 are obviously of Kytherian origin - Psaltis's, Samios, Zantiotis, Andronicus: but the place of origin in Greece of many others - particularly those born in Australia - has not been indicated in the biographies outlined in the original list. Determining how many Kytherians ...

5745:Photos > Sporting Life

submitted by George Poulos on 15.12.2004

Arthur Psaltis. Sailor. Inductee, Hall of Champions, Greek Australian Sports Hall of Fame.

As notified in a previous entry, and re-iterated in less detail at the conclusion of this entry - in the year 2000, the Greek - Australian Sports Hall of Fame was inaugurated.

Many athletes of the original 166 are obviously of Kytherian origin - Psaltis's, Samios, Zantiotis, Andronicus: but the place of origin in Greece of many others - particularly those born in Australia - has not been indicated in the biographies outlined in the original list. Determining how many Kytherians ...

5744:Photos > Sporting Life

submitted by George Poulos on 15.12.2004

Edward (Ed) Psaltis. Sailor. Hall of Champions. Greek Australian Sports Hall of Fame.

As notified in a previous entry, and re-iterated in less detail at the conclusion of this entry - in the year 2000, the Greek - Australian Sports Hall of Fame was inaugurated.

Many athletes of the original 166 are obviously of Kytherian origin - Psaltis's, Samios, Zantiotis, Andronicus: but the place of origin in Greece of many others - particularly those born in Australia - has not been indicated in the biographies outlined in the original list. Determining how many Kytherians ...

5743:Photos > Sporting Life

submitted by George Poulos on 15.12.2004

Basil C Psaltis. Sailor. Service to Sport. Inductee into the Greek Australian Sports Hall of Fame.

As notified in a previous entry, and re-iterated in less detail at the conclusion of this entry - in the year 2000, the Greek -Australian Sports Hall of Fame was inaugurated.

Many athletes of the original 166 are obviously of Kytherian origin - Psaltis's, Samios, Zantiotis, Andronicus: but the place of origin in Greece of many others - particularly those born in Australia - has not been indicated in the biographies outlined in the original list. Determining how many Kytherians ...

5742:Photos > Sporting Life

submitted by George Poulos on 01.12.2005

Cosmas Aroney. Veteran Shooter. Inductee into the Greek Australian Sports Hall of Fame.

As notified in a previous entry, and reiterated in less detail at the conclusion of this entry - in the year 2000, the Greek -Australian Sports Hall of Fame was inaugurated.

Many athletes of the original 166 are obviously of Kytherian origin - Psaltis's, Samios, Zantiotis, Andronicus: but the place of origin in Greece of many others - particularly those born in Australia - has not been indicated in the biographies outlined in the original list. Determining how many Kytherians ...

5741:Photos > Sporting Life

submitted by George Poulos on 30.11.2004

Peter Clentzos competing for Greece, in the pole vault at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympic Games.

The great pole vaulter was born in Oakland, Calif., in 1909, son of a humble carpenter who had immigrated to America from the Greek island of Kythera. Clentzos took up pole vaulting in high school in the 1920s, then perfected his art as a member of the University of Southern California track team in the early '30s.
In 1932 Clentzos tried out for the U.S. Olympic team, hoping to play for his native land at the Los Angeles Games.

"I didn't make the team," he says. "I fell short." ...

5740:Photos > Sporting Life

submitted by George Poulos on 30.11.2004

Peter Clentzos running with the Olympic torch, 2004, aged 95.

ATHENS -- With his big, thick right hand, Pete Clentzos slaps his belly. The hand bounces off.

"The belly's solid," he says
He's right. At 95, Clentzos still has an athlete's body. He's sitting on the roof of the Plaka Hotel with a red baseball cap perched atop his weather-beaten face, an honored guest of the Greek government. Clentzos -- an American who competed for Greece as a pole vaulter in the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles -- is the oldest living former Greek Olympian. ...

5724:Photos > Sporting Life

submitted by James Victor Prineas on 29.11.2004

Jim Poulos. Carrying the Olympic torch in Sydney's Eastern suburbs. June 2004.

Jim Poulos, QC, selected as a torchbearer for the Athens Olympics Torch Relay on June 4, 2004.

Carrying a flame for Athens

The Olympic Torch Relay is set to roll through sections of the Eastern Suburbs [of Sydney] on Friday, June 4.

Report Kim O'Connor

Greek business and community leaders as well as former Olympians will be torchbearers when one of the most important symbols of the Athens Olympics touches down in Sydney.

"Pass ...

5723:Photos > Sporting Life

submitted by James Victor Prineas on 03.12.2004

Olympic Torch relay. Kytherian and Greek Australian involvement.

Do any Kytherians have photographs of "Kytherians carrying the Olympic torch in the Torch Relay, in Sydney; and in other parts of the world, June 2004"?

Please post to kythera-family.

It was a day when Sydneysiders stopped and got reacquainted, and welcomed home what felt like an old flame from an affair we thought had ended at the Olympic closing ceremony in 2000.

On a day-long walk, run, jog, cycle, row nd roller-blade down memory lane, the launch of ...

5720:Photos > Sporting Life

submitted by George Poulos on 28.11.2004

Theodoros Minoukhos. Turn of the 20th century Kytherian wrestler and rubgy league player.

"Language barriers and long working hours restricted social contact between many early Greek immigrants and other Australians. A few, however, broke through such barriers by their sporting achievements.

Theodoros Minoukhos, known as Theo Roney, earned some distinction as an amateur wrestler and rugby footballer. He arrived from Kythera about 1900 and in the New South Wales Sports Club's wrestling championships in 1908 won second prize and a medal in its lightweight division. ...

5719:Photos > Sporting Life

submitted by George Poulos on 28.11.2004

Kharalambos Stathakis, and other Greek and Kytherian boxers in the era from the 1890's-1918.

In the era from the 1890's to 1918....
"...several Greeks shone...in boxing. Kharalambos Stathakis (pictured above) is said to have won a middleweight title on the western goldfields about 1912, and two descendants of the Zannis family, John Jannese and Bert Spargo, are said to have won boxing titles in Victoria."

Text from;
Hugh Gilchrist, Australians and Greeks. Volume 1: The Early Years. Halstead Press. Sydney. 1992. p. 258.

5712:Photos > Sporting Life

submitted by George Poulos on 30.11.2004

Jack Lewis. Ioannis Gerakitis. Marathon runner, walker. Roll of Excellence. Greek Australian Sports Hall of Fame.

As notified in a previous entry, and re-iterated in less detail at the conclusion of this entry - in the year 2000, the Greek -Australian Sports Hall of Fame was inaugurated.

Many athletes of the original 166 are obviously of Kytherian origin - Psaltis's, Samios, Zantiotis, Andronicus: but the place of origin in Greece of many others - particularly those born in Australia - has not been indicated in the biographies outlined in the original list. (How would you pick Jack ...