James Carlton

James Carlton (1909 – 1951) athletics coach, Catholic priest, Olympian
jimcarltonAlthough certain of selection for the 1932 Los Angeles Olympic Games, James Carlton decided to train for the priesthood. He was ordained as a missionary priest at Croydon, Victoria, in 1939, and entered the Sacred Heart Monastery, Kensington, New South Wales. He left the priesthood in 1945 and on 10 April at St Paul’s Church of England, Chatswood, Sydney, married Enid Alison Symington, a stenographer.

In 1924 at St Joseph’s Hunters Hill,  ‘Jimmy’ Carlton won the junior 100, 220, and 440 yards events, and in 1925-27 the senior treble at the Great Public Schools’ championships, establishing records in all three events. He became the first schoolboy in New South Wales to run 100 yards in 10 seconds in 1927, and on the same day ran 220 yards in 21.8 seconds: both records lasted twenty-nine years. That year Carlton was the youngest athlete to that time to win the two sprints at the New South Wales and Australian championships.

At the 1928 Amsterdam Olympic Games, Carlton failed to reach top form because of illness and was defeated in the 100 and 200 metres semi-finals. In 1931 at Newcastle, New South Wales, he equalled Eddie Tolan’s world record of 9.4 seconds for 100 yards, but the run was not recognized as there were only two timekeepers. However, in December 1930 at the Sydney Cricket Ground he set an Australian record, which lasted twenty-three years, of 9.6 seconds. In January 1932 at the Australian Championships he ran 220 yards in 20.6 seconds on a curved grass track, but the time was not recognized because of wind assistance. He was also a successful Rugby Union wing three-quarter, playing for St Joseph’s College, and for New South Wales in 1930.

Although certain of selection for the 1932 Los Angeles Olympic Games, Carlton decided to train for the priesthood. He was ordained as a missionary priest at Croydon, Victoria, in 1939, and entered the Sacred Heart Monastery, Kensington, New South Wales. He left the priesthood in 1945 and on 10 April at St Paul’s Church of England, Chatswood, Sydney, married Enid Alison Symington, a stenographer. After living in Melbourne, Carlton returned to Sydney in 1947 and taught mathematics at Barker College. Next year he was appointed a selector and coach for the New South Wales Amateur Athletic Association. He devoted most of his spare time to helping young athletes and also wrote for the Sydney Morning Herald.

Source :  http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A070569b.htm

and

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/18207133

Further and source of above image :  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Carlton_(athlete)

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