Sunday, July 17, 2016

Thames (NZ): Thames Olympians

With the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio, it raises the question:
Have any Thamesites represented New Zealand at an Olympic Games?

Good news, we have at least one!
Maurice (Moss) Lane Marshall (12 January 1927 – 16 May 2013), was Olympian No 70. He attended Thames High School 1940-1944. "At the 1950 British Empire Games in Auckland he won a bronze medal in the mile run and then participated in the 1952 Helsinki Olympics in both the 1500 m and the 800 m."

In his last year at Thames High School, Marshall helped the school to win a senior relay event.
The team went to Hamilton in Headmaster Mr Hoult's car, as there were train restrictions because of the war. The team won several awards, including the Country Championship. They also won the Senior Relay - when Marshall took over the baton the team was lying third, but he ended up first by 15 yards. In the 1944 Athletics team, photo (right), Moss Marshall is in the centre. (Source: Thames Haurakian 1944-1945, Thames High School)

Mr Marshall was headmaster of Southwell School in Hamilton for sixteen years and a street in Hamilton is named in his honour.  "In the 1989 Queen's Birthday Honours, Marshall was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire, for services to education and sport." Source: