Supporting Athletics at Geelong Grammar School

The John Landy Club's main aim is to promote Athletics at Geelong Grammar School and to support our athletes in achieving their best. Parents and guardians of students and members of the wider GGS community are most welcome to join the John Landy Club.

John Landy, 100 Exceptional StoriesThe Club's Patron is John Landy AC CVO MBE (M'48). After leaving Geelong Grammar School, he became a renowned middle distance runner breaking a number of world records and winning numerous international titles during the 1950s. In Helsinki in 1954, he became the second person in history to break the 4 minute mile, in the world record time of 3:58. In 1956, in the 1500 metres final of the Australian National Championships, Ron Clarke fell after another runner clipped his heel. In a remarkable display of sportsmanship, John doubled back to help Clarke to his feet and in the final two laps made up lost ground to win the race. John went on to win bronze in the 1500 metres at the Melbourne Olympics. From 2001 to 2006, John was Governor of Victoria. 

The Club is fortunate to have revenue from the Duathlon entry fee on Family Day in Term 1 and the purchasing of prime position car parks on Whole School Athletics Day held in Term 3. This money is used to support the athletes by subsidising training tops and providing them with much needed massage or physiotherapy sessions, as well as expert coaches.

The John Landy Club marquee is erected on the lawn at the SPACE on the day of the Duathlon and near the Oak tree for the Whole School Athletics Day. Members of the community are invited to visit the marquee to find out more about the John Landy Club and what it has to offer. The Club carries a small range of merchandise including a club tie and visor. On joining the Club, members are offered either a visor or a tie.

The Club distributes a newsletter in the build up to and during the Athletics Season. The newsletter editor gathers information from coaches, staff and students at Corio and keeps track of results in the running programme at Timbertop. The newsletter is circulated to all JLC members, the John Landy Squad and the parents of the Squad members.

The Club hosts a cocktail party each year in Melbourne at Royal South Yarra Lawn Tennis Club.  It is generally held on the Wednesday of the Combined APS sports Boys Heats - with the finals held on the following Saturday. There is a guest speaker from the world of Athletics. It is a most popular and well supported event and is open to the wider school community.

Above all, the Club wishes to help provide the necessary support and congratulate our athletes by acknowledging them for all their hard work throughout the season.


President: David Henry
Secretary: Ian Coltman
Committee Members: Belinda Henry, Liz Palmer, Will Burrell, Stella Ren

Immediate Past President: Trudy Maxwell
Past President: The Hon. Ian Smith


If you have any questions or further suggestions, or would like to volunteer your involvement, please do not hesitate to contact the President of the Landy Club, David Henry via


August 01, 2019 


Membership to the Landy Club is by Individual one-off subscription only and is open to all Parents, Old Geelong Grammarians and supporters of Athletics at Geelong Grammar. 

Membership comes with either a Club tie or a visor.