He has run, won and sung at Central Park and now he’s in town to re-live the glory days, and share his story with you.
The Stawell Athletic Club invites you to join 1981 Gift winner, Scotsman George McNeill for a luncheon as we count down to the 2012 Australia Post Stawell Gift.
Scotsman George McNeill won the 100th Powderhall Gift in 1970 and won the world professional sprint title in 1977. In the 100th running of the Stawell Gift in 1981, his eighth visit to Stawell, McNeill finally achieved his lifelong dream of Stawell Gift victory. In a final full of drama, 1978 winner Steve Proudlock broke and was penalised a metre. The favourite was Bryan Mueller, but in his third consecutive final McNeill won his first Gift at 34 years of age. He raced to victory in 11.9 seconds off 4m. After being chaired to the winner’s podium McNeill celebrated by singing "O Flower of Scotland".
Click here to watch the 1981 Gift final with George McNeill running in the yellow.
These are the stories that have established the Australia Post Stawell Gift as an icon of Australian Sport.
Join us on February 6th as we look forward to the 131st edition of Australia’s richest and most famous footrace.
Date: Monday 6th February
Time: 12.00noon – 2.00pm
Venue: Pop Restaurant (upstairs function room), 68 Hardware Lane, Melbourne
Tickets: $70 per ticket which includes a 2 course meal and drinks.
Only a limited number of tickets are available, so secure your ticket today by calling 03 9822 7110.