John Freebairn who has died aged 82 was one of the best known figures on the Games circuit for twenty five years from early 1960’s to mid ‘80’s. During that time he enjoyed considerable success in both light and heavy events with marks of 6ft in high jump, 12’4” pole vault, 22ft plus long jump, 48 ft shot putt, 120 ft. hammer throw and 14 ft.weight over the bar reflecting his quality as an athlete. An excellent ambassador for the Games who also competed in Australia, Indonesia and throughout Europe John was popular and well respected, a true sportsman and man of integrity. Later he enjoyed success in Masters’ athletics and coaching. Prior to his Games career he was professional footballer as goalkeeper with Partick Thistle in the old first division.
Published: 2020-04-25 23:23:45