AL OERTER HONOURED
New York Athletic Club is hosting a gala evening on Oct 11 in honour of one of its most celebrated members, Al Oerter.
The occasion will be the 50th anniversary of Oerter’s discus gold medal at the Melbourne Games, the first of his four Olympic triumphs.
Oerter, now 70, has suffered with serious heart trouble in recent years, but he is as passionate about his new avocation – painting – as he was about re-writing the definition of athletic excellence. Not surprisingly, he successfully marries sport and art.
He has created some of his works by throwing a discus across a canvas. Oerter’s creations have been displayed in Germany, Denmark, Greece and South Africa, as well as across the USA. He is also a founder of Art of the Olympians, a programme that provides a forum for current and former Olympians to present their art.
Among those expected to attend the gala are fellow Olympic champions Lindy Remigino, Horace Ashenfelter, Charlie Jenkins, Tom Courtney, Charlie Moore and Ollan Cassell.
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