The second article about a few of the 1956 Olympians who feature in our film, written by Sally McLean for The Independent newspaper as Special Correspondent for the 50th Anniversary Celebrations of the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games.
The Independent, Tuesday, November 28, 2006
by Sally McLean
Frankston’s “terrible twins” of the 1956 Olympic Games, Margaret Woodlock-McLean and Lois Jackman, paired up again last week to celebrate the Golden Anniversary of the Melbourne Games.
It is fifty years since the girls were selected as teenagers to represent their country in Shot Put and Discus respectively.
Both members of the Frankston Athletics Club at the time of their selection for the Games and the only Victorian women athletes in the 1956 Australian Olympic Athletics Team, Lois and Marg were stunned to see their names and the words “Good Luck” strung up in lights across Nepean Highway by the Frankston Council on the day their selection was announced.
“We had my father drive around the block a few times, just to make sure it was really for us!” laughed Woodlock-McLean.
Their long friendship grew from their time training together under famous Austrian athletics coach, Franz Stampfl, whose athletics squad they were both members of, which also included such athletic luminaries as Merv Lincoln and Hec “Hurricane” Hogan, who would also go onto be 1956 Olympians.
But it has only been 12 years since the two last competed together – both winning medals in the 1994 World Masters in Brisbane against competitors who included some of their 1956 Olympic rivals.
They say that Stampfl always said they would be in the top three of their sports – and joke that it only took them forty years to get there!
Lois now lives in Queensland, while Margaret lives on the Mornington Peninsula, so the two do not get to see each other as often as they would like.
The last time they were together was in 2000, when Margaret ran with the torch in Frankston as part of the Sydney Olympic torch relay, and they were both honoured by Frankston Council with an Official Reception.
“It’s been great to see Woody (Margaret’s nickname) and all the girls again in Melbourne.” said Jackman at the black tie Golden Anniversary dinner held on Wednesday night. “We had great fun during the Games.”