1896 - 1976
At Antwerp 1920, George Parker was Australia's first walker at an Olympic Games. He competed in two walking events, the 3000m At Antwerp 1920, George Parker was Australia's first race walker at an Olympic Games, comepting in the 3000m and the 10,000m. Parker also had the privilege to be the Australian Team's Flagbearer.
Parker won a silver medal for the 3000m, finishing in 13 minutes, 19.8 seconds. In the 10,000m, Parker was third in his heat, qualifying through to the final but he recorded a DNF in the final.
It was to be another 40 years before Noel Freeman won Australia's next Olympic walking medal, a silver in the 20 kilometres at Rome 1960, and a further 44 years before Nathan Deakes and Jane Saville won the next Olympic walking medals, both bronzes, at Athens 2004.