John is one of the great characters on the athletic scene. He won the Federation Handicap in 1967 but had to wait seventeen years for his next win, the Motorway Frontmarkers 1600m in 1984.

As well he registered four seconds and a third, but it is as a promoter that he is best known, introducing the World Sprint Championships to Stawell as well as representing the club in their quest to bring world class athletes to the Stawell Gift.