Gary Minihan is a former Australian sprinter who specialised in the 400 metre events. Gary began training  with the Mentone Athletics Club from Year 9 after being  spotted by the coach when competing in the APS athletics meet. Prior to this he ran on natural ability. Gary ‘fell into’ running  the 400 metre sprint in Year 12 as Athletics Captain. He traditionally  ran the 100 metre and  200 metre sprints but no one  else  would run the 400 metre, so he did it. The 400 metre sprint is often recognised as the hardest event as it is a ‘long distance sprint’ – you go flat out all the way. When  he competed at the APS athletics meet he won and  a new chapter of history began. After a successful career at BGS,  Gary went on to study for a Bachelor of Economics (Accounting) at Monash University. Gary was  a member of the Australian Athletics Team from 1981  to 1887,  and  is the most  successful track and  field athlete BGS has  ever  produced being  the only one  to have competed at Commonwealth and  Olympic levels. At the 1982  Brisbane Commonwealth Games Gary won a bronze medal in the 400 metre and  a silver medal in the 4 x 400 metre relay. Gary finished  fourth with the Australian relay team at the 1984  Summer Olympics  in Los Angeles. The team included Bruce  Frayne, Darren Clark, Gary Minihan and Rick Mitchell, ran in a new Oceania record time of 2:59.70 minutes. The record still stands today. Coming  back  to ‘nothing’ from the Olympics  was  hard  – Gary had  reached the pinnacle in his sport,  finished  his degree and  felt an enormous emptiness. Fortunately he soon moved to Canberra both training  and  working as an accountant with the Australian Institute  of Sport  for two years which he remembers fondly. Gary retired  from athletics in 1988. In the 25 years since Gary finished  competing he has coached and  mentored up-and-coming athletes with Athletics Australia, and  at BGS where Gary was  the Accountant and Assistant Business Manager from 1998 until 2012.

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