MARYBOROUGH’S Lynton Lewis has been launching into sand pits and leaping over bars for as long as he can remember.

He even won a national gold medal in pole vault while in his 60s.

But the 72-year-old grandfather said his biggest test was prior to participating in the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Torch Relay.

“In 1956, you had to do a mile in a certain time … it was an athletic type of thing,” he said.

“If you didn’t do that the torch would go out.

“So they had trials to make sure everyone could run a mile in a certain time.”

Forty four years later Lewis had the Olympic flame in his charge again before the 2000 Sydney Olympics, but that time he only had to nominate to participate.

Being one of only a few people in the country to have held the torch during two Olympic Games has only helped Lewis continue his track and field pursuits.

Taking part in his 12th Maryborough Masters Games at Jock Anderson Oval on Saturday, Lewis, who nominates triple jump, high jump and hurdles as his favourite events, said he hoped he would never have to stop competing.

“When you get the spikes on, you feel like you’re flying,” he said.

“It’s a good feeling.”

Griffith Thomas – Sports editor
Griff studied journalism at Griffith University before working on weekly newspapers in southern Queensland. He took over as sports editor at the Chronicle in 2012.