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STRAHAN, Anthony George Reginald, OAM

STRAHAN, Anthony George Reginald 'Tony', OAM

'Tony' Strahan, OAM.

'Tony' Strahan, OAM.

Champion swimmer, ‘Tony’ Strahan is the son of Henry George Philip Strahan (1914-1980) a former Scotch College student. Before coming to the Geelong College, Tony attended nearby Newtown State School.

Tony was a day student from 1955 to 1960 and excelled at swimming while at the College. He was both Captain of swimming and the Open Swimming Champion in 1959 and 1960 as well as being a School Prefect, Vice-Captain of Morrison House, and in the athletics team from 1958 to 1960. He was also a corporal in the Cadet Corps of that time.

In 1962, he was a team member of the 4x220 yds Freestyle Relay Team which won the Gold Medal at the Commonwealth Games setting a world record in the process. On 23 June, 2000 he was the recipient of the Australian Sports Medal. He has been a stalwart of the World Life Saving Association supporting Rescue 2006, the World Championships held at Lorne, Victoria. He has won 14 individual masters surf life saving titles and a world masters title, as well as the Lorne Pier to Pub 15 times.

Tony is a dedicated volunteer, having held many roles at the Torquay Surf Life Saving Club, Surf Life Saving Victoria and Swimming Victoria. Speaking to the 'Geelong Advertiser' newspaper, Tony said he was proud of his contribution to the nippers program and keeping people safe at our beaches.

In the Queen's Birthday Honours of 10 June 2019, 'Tony' Strahan was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia 'for service to Lifesaving'.

Sources: Ad Astra, 1997. OGC 1956.
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