Bob Wishart – 1964 winner still smashing them today!

The 1964 Parkdale Gift was won by local professional running legend Robert (Bob) Wishart. This was one of many prestigious races won by Bob over his professional running career that still continues today. The final proved to be a dramatic affair with the favourite Les Stock breaking twice and being disqualified.  In a closely fought finish Bob Wishart (4.75 yards) (1st) prevailed from Walsh (6.25yards) (2nd) and Harrington (10.5yards) (3rd) in the slick time of 11.3o seconds.

See the below footage of Bob in a local competition in Melbourne in March 2017. Bob smashed the Victorian Record for 75 year olds over the 100 metres in 13.56.

Victorian Amateur Boxing League

GENERAL INFORMATION

The Victorian Amateur Boxing League was formed in 1987 by late Mick Canevan to provide an alternative to the then restrictive amateur boxing scene and since then has been a breeding ground for starting many careers of champion amateur and professional boxers.

For further information as to how to join the League please contact the President Nick Lundh on 0417516045 or the Vice President Murray Thomson on 0398777344.

www.victorianamateurboxingleague.com

The Parkdale Gift – Pro Athletics

Parkdale Gift 

12-9pm.

The Parkdale Gift Athletics Carnival aims to attract athletes from Victoria, Interstate and Internationally. The average carnival attracts around 500 athletes. Conducted under the auspicious of the Victorian Athletic League Professional running is unique to both Australia and Scotland with a rich history within Australian sport culminating with the time honoured Stawell Gift at Easter.

Professional running allows athletes of all ages and abilities to compete in a fun and competitive environment. Each athlete is given a mark, or handicap, based on their ability, giving them an equal opportunity to triumph in their chosen event. Gifts are traditionally held on a grass surface and distances range from 70m to 3200m.

The races that have been identified will showcase professional running best. This event is the last event before the Stawell Gift, one week later.

This Parkdale Gift will involve the Professionals, Footballers, Schools in the South East and the local Little Athletics Association.

The races that are tentatively identified include:

Professional Races (Prize Money to be announced):

  • 70m Open
  • 120m U18
  • 120m Parkdale Gift Open
  • 120m Parkdale Gift Women
  • 120m Masters
  • 300m Masters/Women
  • 400m Open  
  • 400m U18
  • 800m Open
  • 800m Elite
  • 1600 U18
  • 1600m Open
  • 120m Invitation

Community

  • 120m Footballers Race. (one representatives from all clubs in VAFA Division B)
  • 120m School Boys Under 16 Championship.
  • 120m School Girls Under 16 Championship.
  • 120m Little Athletics Parkdale Championship.

Parkdale Gift History

Parkdale Gift History

In 1963 The Parkdale Football Club, which played in the Federal District League formed a Professional Athletic Club. The Parkdale Gift ran for two years from 1963-4.

On 6 April 1963 the first Parkdale Gift was held at the clubs still home ground of the Parkdale Vultures Football Club “Gerry Green Reserve” on Nepean Highway, Parkdale. Now playing in the VAFA Premier B competition, Parkdale Vultures Football Club is well on its way to becoming the biggest club in the City of Kingston. www.thevulturesnest.com

The feature event was the Parkdale Gift over 130 yards worth £65, mile – £50, 600 yards – £35, 75 yards – £25. The event was the last before the world famous Stawell Gift. Also included at the event was a relay between the Senior and Junior Federal District League Clubs.

1963 Gift

The winner of the Gift was Graham Huggins of 5.75 yards. The time was unknown but Huggins did not incur a penalty for Stawell. Details about Graham Huggins is currently being sought and will be included as they become available.

1964

The Gift of 1964 was won by local professional running legend Robert (Bob) Wishart. This was one of many prestigious races won by Bob over his professional running career that still continues today.

The gift field comprised of 72 of Victoria’s finest sprinters competing for the £65 prize money on offer.

The backmarker was Australian Professional Champion Terry Clarke (3 Yards). Clarke had just won the Oakleigh Gift and was going for his second win in two weeks. The red hot favourite was Max Ramage off (8.75 yards). Ramage had finished third in the prestigious Bendigo 1000 of that year and was favoured to take home the prize. Robert (Bob) Wishart (4.75 yards), Peter Possetti and Les Stock were other fancied athletes runners for the day.

After the heats – the three semi-finals were run with the first two proceeding to the final.

  • Semi Final One – was won by Walsh (6.25yards) with Wishart (4.75yards) finishing second in a time of 11.5.
  • Semi Final Two – was won by Stock (4.25yards) and Boate (12yards) finishing second in a time of 11.4 and
  • Semi Final Three -was won by Brenchley (10yards) and Harrington (10.5yards) in a time of 11.7.

Gift Final

The final proved to be a dramatic affair with the now new favourite Les Stock breaking twice and being disqualified.  In a closely fought finish Bob Wishart (4.75 yards) (1) prevailed from Walsh (6.25yards) (2nd) and Harrington (10.5yards) (3rd) in the slick time of 11.3. (these times were as listed in the newspapers of the day).

It is unknown why the Parkdale Gift did not continue but in 2018 some 54 years later History is Revived – Who will win the Male and Female Parkdale Gifts in 2018?

Role of Honour

Parkdale Gift

Male
Year Distance Name Handicap Time
1963 130 Yards Graham Huggins 5.75 yards ?
1964 130 Yards Robert Wishart 4.75 yards 11.3
2018 120 Metres ? ? ?
Female
Year Distance Name Handicap Time
2018 ? ? ? ?