Life member

Tom Ohman

Tom Ohman

It is with great sadness that the Club advises that our long standing member, friend, and FCC Life Member Tom Ohman  passed away last week. He was delighted to have reached his 90TH birthday on the 17TH of October last . He was always proud to be invested as a Life Member of FCC. He joined FCC in the 1940’s as his older brother John was an enthusiastic member. His sister Dorothy was also a regular paddler. At the time canoes dominated our club and other clubs such as Rudder Grange at the end of Alphington Street.

Zoli Szigeti

Zoli and Adrian

 

Zoli Szigeti defected from the Hungian Canoe team after the Melbourne 1956 Olympic Games. Soon after he joined the FCC and immediately had a huge impact at the club. Zoli became the main coach at the club and his coaching squad had great success at the Victorian Canoeing regattas. Zoli infuence at the club contined well into the 1990's where his Sunday canoe classes and the club "Sunday sessions" were to become a focus at the club.

Zoli was a much loved member of FCC and introduced hundreds of people to canoeing and the club. 

Jon Mayne

Jon Mayne

 

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.