In the 1930s, he was a champion runner who participated in several Stawell Gifts, until a victory in 1939. He was also a fitter and turner apprentice. Booth is widely credited for inventing starting blocks for sprinting races, along with his father.
When he first used his invention in a race, made from a T-bar and a block of wood cut in half, he was disqualified for life. The decision was overturned a few weeks later.
In 2007, he celebrated his 104th birthday with a small private party. Nearly eight months later in May 2008, Booth died at the age of 104.
- Vale Charlie Booth 1903 - 2008
- A marathon man with plenty of punch left yet - FeaturesGeneral - www.theage.com.au
- "Booth's 104th birthday". goldcoast.com.au. 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-12-10.
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