Jon Mayne began canoeing at Fairfield in 1952 while still at school - wagging school on sports days because paddling was much more fun!
Jon won his first Australian title in 1957: C1, 10,000m on the Goulburn at Nagambie. He went on to win 38 Australian championships, 72 Victorian titles, 25 Masters golds and several World Masters titles. He also won the Murray Marathon 3 times. Kevin Hannington and Jon paddled TC2 together for many years.
"I have a unique record in that I have never kicked a footy or hit a cricket ball in my life. I wagged school on sports days as paddling was much more fun."
Jon served on the FCC board for many years including as Commodore and President, as well as organising Marathon and Sprint for Canoeing Victoria. He has been race commentator for Australian Canoeing for more than 40 years. Jenny and Jon worked at the Sydney Olympics at Penrith together in 2000, looking after 30 containers of canoes and kayaks.
Jon received the Australian Sports Medal in 2000.
Photo: Jon with FCC members at a club awards night.
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