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Game, Set, Match – Graeme Cumbrae-Stewart

Friends of Graeme Cumbrae-Stewart will be saddened to learn of his passing on 24th August 2020.  Graeme attended Malvern Memorial Grammar School from 1947 to 1951 and Caulfield Grammar School from 1952 to 1958. Graeme was awarded the Australian Sports Medal in 2000 for his “strong commitment to tennis” and received an OAM in 2004 “for service to the community, particularly through the Scouting movement, and to the development and promotion of tennis”. Graeme’s 55 years’ service in tennis administration began in 1959 when he became assistant secretary at the Glen Iris Valley Tennis Club.  After working in Brisbane in the mid-1960s, he was promptly elected president of Glen Iris when he returned to Melbourne.  He held that post for ten years and was made a Life Member of the club in 1981.  H...

Football Fanatic – Grace Buchan

Australian Rules Football helps unite people across our nation from all different backgrounds and, with the growth of the women’s game, Aussie Rules is now enjoyed by both female and male players. Playing professionally is a major honour, one Grace Buchan (Class of 2013) was granted following years of hard work and persistence. In 2018 Grace played in Collingwood’s inaugural VFLW side and in 2019 she was co-captain of the team. Grace’s devotion to her club, coach and teammates helped lead her team to premiership success last season. In her football career, Grace loves leading by example and encouraging others to push their physical and mental limits on the field and in their everyday life. She knows that success comes as a direct result of making sacrifices both at training and in competit...

The Four Minute Mile – John Landy

Today (6 May) marks the 66th anniversary of what many consider to be the greatest day in athletics history. On 6 May 1954, running at the Ifley Road track in Oxford, Roger Bannister, paced by his friends Chris Chataway and Chris Brasher, became the first man to run the mile in under four minutes. His time was 3.59.4. Forty-six days later, running at an international meeting in Turku, Finland, the Australian John Landy (Class of 1948) broke Bannister’s record with a time of 3.57.9. This remained the world record until July 1957. Landy and Bannister met later in 1954 at the British Empire Games in Vancouver, Canada, in what was dubbed “The Mile of the Century”. In this race both broke four minutes for the mile – Bannister winning after trailing for most of the race. Bannister retired from at...

The Light Horse – Charles Reginald Handfield

Charles Reginald Handfield was born in South Yarra on 26th August 1878 and was the youngest son of six children of Frederick and Mary Handfield. His father Lieutenant Frederick Oliver Handfield served in the Victorian Volunteer Navy from 1861-1870. The exact years Charles was at Malvern Grammar School are uncertain, but he was certainly a student during the years of 1895 – 96 as he was named Captain of the football and cricket teams as well as the School Champion. In 1896, when he was aged 18, there were 73 boys on the roll at MGS and it was evidently a notable year in the School’s history as in addition to success in study, there was also good success in sport. The football team won all its matches as did the First Eleven which notably had a draw with the Second XI of Scotch College...

2019 Don Wirth Medal Winners

The CGA would like to congratulate our 2019 Don Wirth Medal winners, Michael Dakic, David Gregor, Chris Mathieson and Warwick Watson, for their outstanding service and support. MICHAEL DAKIC Michael Dakic has been an outstanding contributor to the culture and success of the Caulfield Grammarians Rowing Club (CGRC). Mike commenced his association with Caulfield Grammar in 1992 when the first of his five children attended Wheelers Hill campus. Mike joined the newly formed Rowing Club in 1994, after his son started rowing for Caulfield Grammar. As a founding member of the Rowing Club, Mike then took on the challenge of learning how to row. Mike became a committee member in 1995 and was appointed club boat man in 1999 — a position he held for the next 15 years. Mike’s rowing career blossomed,...

Olympic Athlete – Tamsyn Lewis

Tamsyn Manou (nee Lewis) came to Caulfield Grammar School in 1994 in Year 10. She attended the Wheelers Hill Campus initially but transferred to Caulfield Campus to complete Years 11 and 12. She was a member of the School athletic team during each of her years at Caulfield, winning multiple events at the APS Combined Athletics Sports in 1994, 1995 and 1996. In 1996 Tamsyn was captain of the girls’ athletics team that was victorious in the APS Combined and was also appointed School Co-Captain, the first female to hold this position at Caulfield Campus. Tamsyn came to prominence on the national athletics scene in 1994, winning several junior events at the Australian Championships. She was selected, at aged 15, in the Australian athletics team for the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, Cana...

Table Tennis Champion – Melissa Tapper

Melissa Tapper attended Caulfield Grammar’s Caulfield Campus from 2005 (Year 10) to 2007 (Year 12).  She is the first athlete to represent Australia at both the Summer Olympic Games and the Summer Paralympics. She has a brachial plexus injury resulting in Erb’s palsy and is a class 10 table tennis player. Born in Hamilton, Victoria, in 1990, Melissa started playing table tennis in 2002 while still at primary school. Competing initially against able-bodied athletes only, she won a number of medals in national junior championships. She made her first appearance in an Australian National team in 2004 in a competition in Jordan, again competing against able-boded athletes. In 2008 she was the Oceania Under 18 Champion, the Australian Under 21 Champion and competed in the Commonwealth Youth Gam...

Olympic Swimmer – Mack Horton

Mack Horton was born on 25 April 1996 and attended Caulfield Grammar from 2000 (Kindergarten at Malvern Campus) to 2014 (Year 12 at Caulfield Campus). He was Co-Captain of Malvern Campus in 2008 and in his final year at Caulfield was Co-Captain of boys’ swimming team that won the APS premiership. He was awarded triple colours for swimming and received the Caulfield Grammarians’ Swimming Club Prize for boys at the 2014 Speech Night. Mack first represented Australia at the 2012 Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Honolulu, where he won gold in the 1500 metre freestyle in a championship record time. At the same meet, he finished second in the 400-metre freestyle and fourth in the 800-metre freestyle. Mack won five gold medals and a silver medal at the 2013 World Junior Championships ...

Gold Coast Commonwealth Games

In addition to Melissa Tapper, six Caulfield Grammarians represented Australia at the 2018 Commonwealth Games held on the Gold Coast in April. They were Mack Horton (2000-12) and Hayley Baker (2008-13), who were members of the swimming team, long jumper Brooke Stratton (2007-11), diver James Connor (2008-10), and women’s basketball team members Jenna O’Hea (2005-06) and Alice Kunek (2006-07). Competing in his second Commonwealth Games team Mack won the gold medal in the 400m metres freestyle and was a member of Australia’s winning 4 x 200 metres freestyle relay team. He was placed second in the 200 metres freestyle and third in the 1500 metres freestyle. Hayley, representing Australia for the first time at a Commonwealth Games, qualified for both the 100 metres and 200 metres backstroke fi...

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