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Back on Track QEII– New Zealand Spinal Trust Charity Auctions supported by Lifemark.
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These unprecedented charity auctions bring an iconic slice of world history direct to you, while providing a vital lifeline to New Zealanders with Spinal Cord Impairments (SCI).
• Own a symbolic and authentic slice of QEII athletics track – a place where global legends were launched.
• All funds raised will support the core programmes delivered by the New Zealand Spinal Trust (NZST).
QEII – the place where international stars were born
The 1974 Commonwealth Games and the QEII athletics track was a place where legends were launched, stars were born and history made. Three of those legends, who forged their place in history at these games, were New Zealand runners Dick Tayler and John Walker, and Tanzanian athlete Filbert Bayi.
The ‘Back on Track’ QEII Charity Auction, supported by Lifemark, has four iconic and exclusive memorabilia items from the Games to auction. Two pieces based around Tayler and two around Walker. Each large frame contains iconic photographs, genuine symbolic pieces of the actual QEII track, original signatures and a QEII memorial plaque.
All profits from these auctions go to the New Zealand Spinal Trust, a charitable organisation that is firmly focused on supporting independent living and improving the quality of rehabilitation through initiatives, projects and programmes that directly benefit people with spinal cord impairments (SCI).
There are four key items up for auction:
Two pieces based around Dick Tayler:
a. The 10,000m start mark. This features Dick Tayler’s signature and event photograph along with images and 1974 Commonwealth Games logo.
b. The piece of QEII track where Tayler fell onto his back after the race. It features Dick Tayler’s signature and event photograph along with images and 1974 Commonwealth Games logo.
Two pieces based around Sir John Walker:
a. The 1500m start mark of the QEII track. It features John Walker and Filbert Bayi’s signatures along with event images of the two, and the 1974 Commonwealth Games logo.
b. The mile start mark. In 1975, John Walker broke the world record for this event – taking the title away from Filbert Bayi.
9. Also for auction is the first of 100 individually numbered and mounted pieces of the track featuring a QEII commemorative plaque and a brief history of the stadium. Number 1/100 is signed by both Walker and Tayler. The remaining items will be available on Trade Me only.