Ken Lorraway

Ken is regarded as Australia’s all-time best triple jumper. At the time of induction Ken was the current national record holder for triple jump with a best performance of 17.46 metres set in London on 7 August 1982. His 1982 jump was also a British All-Comers record and at the time of induction Ken’s leap was the 4th best-recorded jump of all time.

Ken came through the junior ranks with the North Canberra Athletic Club and then competed for the now defunct Striders Wests Athletics Club as a senior.

From 1974-78 Ken attended the Southern Illinois University in the United States on an athletic scholarship and in 1978 was selected as an All American. Also in 1978 Ken competed at the Edmonton Commonwealth Games where he placed 4th in the triple jump and 8th in the long jump.

Ken represented Australia at two Olympic Games. At the Moscow Olympics in 1980 he was a finalist in triple jump finishing in 8th place. He also competed at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984. In other international competition Ken placed 6th in triple jump at the Rome World Cup in 1981 and competed at the Helsinki World Championships in 1983.

The highlight of Ken’s career came at the 1982 Brisbane Commonwealth Games when he won a Silver Medal in the triple jump with a jump of 17.54 metres (wind assisted).

1973         Junior Long Jump and Triple Jump National Champion

1980-84      Senior Triple Jump National Champion

1982         Commonwealth Games Silver Medallist



Born: 6 February 1956

Deceased: 4 January 2007

Inducted: 1997


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