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Vale Tony Madigan, our Olympic boxer

Tony Madigan, bronze medal winner at the 1960 Olympic Games, in action. (Photo credit Southern Courier)

From the Director of Co-curriculum, Stephen O’Donnell


Vale Tony Madigan (Class of 1948)

Australian boxer and rugby player Anthony Madigan, known best for fighting Muhammed Ali twice during a celebrated amateur career, has died. He was 87.

Tony Madigan famously lost the semi-final at the 1960 Olympics in Rome to Ali, then known as Cassius Clay, who went on to win gold.

The pair had met the year before in an Intercity Golden Gloves light-heavyweight championship in Chicago, USA, with Ali winning on the judges’ cards both times.

Tony Madigan also represented Australia in the 1952 and 1956 Olympics, and won light-heavyweight gold in the 1958 and 1962 Commonwealth Games.

Tony was a proud old boy of Waverley College and we send our deepest sympathies to his family and friends.


Co-curriculum successes

We have continued to have some great success in a range of co-curricular areas.

On Wednesday this week I attended a piano music recital and saw some wonderful performances from a very talented group of students. Alex Jones, Anthony Roydhouse, Roman Koteckzy and Alex Robertson were some of the stand outs but I want to congratulate all students and the music staff for a great event.  I look forward to seeing some similar events in the future.

Last Friday our swim squad attended the St Aloysius’ carnival at North Sydney Pool where I am pleased to say we were successful in beating six other schools to win the event.

Our 1st XI Cricketers had more success in beating St Aloysius’ with the stand out performance being Ryan Connolly’s 7/61.

As we move further into the hotter months, I want to remind all students and parents of the importance of appropriate hydration before, during and after training and sport, and of good nutrition in the mornings, particularly before training sessions and early games.

We are hosting Cranbrook in basketball this Friday evening in the College Gym from 6pm. All parents and students are invited but students need to be reminded that full College attire and appropriate standards of behaviour are required at all times please.

Good luck to all teams and activities this week and ‘Go the Waves!’