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Back row L-R: Keith Whitehead, Allan Charleston, Bill McCabe, Jake Foster, Jim Farrell, Peter Bennet, John O'Brien. Front row L-R: Doug Laing (g/k), Ray Smee (c), Colin French (Coach), Bill Orchard, Ted Pierce.

WATER POLO: The Olympic community is in mourning following the passing of two time Olympian and former senior national team goalkeeper Doug Laing.

Marjorie Jackson, on the podium after winning gold in the 100m at the 1952 Helsinki Olympic Games.

ATHLETICS: Marjorie Jackson, the first Australian female ever to set an athletics world record, will join her equally impressive compatriot Betty Cuthbert in the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Hall of Fame.

The 1952 Australian Olympic Team - The Kapyla Club - have met every year for a reunion since the Helsinki Olympics. They are the only team in history to do so. At each reunion they sing songs, tell jokes, share stories & drink the Finnish liquor Aquavit. This video highlights some of the medal moments of the 1952 Games as well as taking a look at some of the recent reunions. Olympic legends Marjorie Jackson and Shirley Strickland are featured along with many Olympic greats from the era.

Australian rowers prepare for the National Rowing Selection Trials at Penrith International Regatta Centre on March 27, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.

The Olympic family is saddened by the passing of 1952 Olympian Ernest Chapman at the age of 86.

Russell Mockridge and Lionel Cox do a victory lap after winning the gold medal in the 2000m tandems race at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics.

President of the Australian Olympic Committee, John Coates, today paid tribute to one of “Australia’s finest Olympians”, the late Lionel Cox. Lionel passed away in a Sydney hospital last night after a battle with pneumonia. He was 80.

Guest speaker Victoria Roberts with MC Ray Smee OAM at the Kapyla Club lunch, July 2006.

Each year a number of green jackets with the Australian coat of arms sewn on the breast pocket are brought out of the cupboard and hung outside to air...