Nambucca Heads man still a champion after Melbourne heroics

FEDERAL MP Luke Hartsuyker has acknowledged former Olympian and Nambucca Valley resident John Monckton during a speech in the Federal Parliament.

As part of a speech which recognised all those Australians who competed at the London Olympics, Mr Hartsuyker recounted a recent meeting with Mr Monckton.

“The Olympics are truly a global phenomenon. Because of this, the Olympics are the pinnacle of sporting success. Winning an Olympic medal is the ultimate career achievement for an athlete.

“I recently hosted a visit from the Leader of the Opposition in Coffs Harbour while the Games were in progress. During his visit, we had the opportunity to speak with John Monckton of Nambucca Heads.

“John won a silver medal in the 100 metre backstroke at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. As he showed his silver medal to the Opposition Leader, it was very clear that John is still immensely proud of what he achieved as an Olympian in Melbourne all those decades ago.

“Unfortunately, the nature of Olympic competition is such that not every athlete at the Games can win a medal.

“But in my view, simply being selected for the Australian Olympic team is an extraordinary achievement and, indeed, ranks you as a champion.”

Luke Hartsuyker

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