Kingy trained four Stawell Gift winners (Perry, O'Brien, Chapman & Elliot) and five Bendigo Thousand winners (Lingford, Perry, Webster twice and Pegg) between 1981 and 1987. He also coached John Dinan to an amazing 20.19 in March 1986 at the AIS track in Canberra - still the fastest time ever by an Australian on Australian soil.
I was having a look at Margot Wells' WELLFAST website and read that a few of Margot's athletes were running in an indoor meet in northern England. One of them is Thom Scott a former international rugby player now trying his hand at sprinting.
However the interesting part was that an "Aussie Rules rugby player" Wilson Young ran over 60m, recording 7.43 and 7.45.
Wilson is the son of Neil King. Neil was 2nd in the 1976 Stawell Gift before winning the 1981 Burnie Gift and for a short while in 1981 was probably the fastest sprinter on the VAL circuit.
I believe Wilson King had been playing footy with Essendon District club Doutta Stars for a few years. Given he has tried his hand at sprinting and competed in the UK indoor circuit, I wonder if we will see Wilson running in the VAL when he returns to Australia. We'll have to wait & see.