|Competitor for New Zealand|
|1976 Montreal||5000 metres|
|1970 Edinburgh||1500 metres|
Theodorus Jacobus Leonardus "Dick" Quax (born 1 January 1948 in Alkmaar, Netherlands) is a New Zealand runner and former world record holder in the 5000 metres, and local-body politician. He stood for Parliament for the ACT Party in 1999 and 2002. He was a Manukau City councillor from 2001 to 2007, when he stood unsuccessfully for mayor, and has been an Auckland councillor since 2011.
At the 1970 British Commonwealth Games, Quax won the silver medal in the 1500 metres. In the 5000 m, at the 1972 Summer Olympics he was eliminated in the heats, but he won silver in 1976. He did not compete in 1980 in Moscow due to the West's boycott.
In 1977 at Stockholm he set a world record of 13:12.9 in the 5000 m. This record stood for less than a year, but as a national record it stood for over 31 years, until beaten by Adrian Blincoe in July 2008.
In his later career Quax switched his focus to the marathon, running 2:11.13 in his debut for 4th place at the Nike/OTC Marathon in 1979, at that time the fastest debut marathon in history. In 1980 he returned and won the race in a New Zealand record time of 2:10.47.
After retiring from competition, Quax established a career in sports management.
|10000 m||27:41.95 NR||London||1977|
In October 2001 Quax was elected to the Manukau City Council for the Pakuranga ward and was re-elected in 2004 to represent the new Botany-Clevedon ward after a failed bid for the Manukau mayoralty. He is a member of the ACT Party, having stood as a list candidate in the 1999 and 2002 general elections.
On 13 October 2007 Quax lost his bid to become mayor of Manukau to Len Brown by 14,000 votes. During this election, Quax complained to the electoral office over an "offensive flyer" depicting him and members of his People's Choice party as the Thunderbirds. His complaint was not upheld as there was no evidence to suggest who had posted the flyers.
|2011–2013||Howick||Citizens & Ratepayers|
Quax stood with Jami-Lee Ross for Citizens & Ratepayers in the 2010 Auckland Council elections. Quax missed out on a seat, losing to Ross by 253 votes. In 2011 Quax was elected to the council after a by-election was held in Howick due to Ross resigning after becoming a Member of Parliament. He was reelected unopposed in 2013.
During the 2013 Len Brown mayoral scandal Quax took the opportunity for political payback against Mr Brown, leading the call for him to resign for not declaring hotel upgrades as gifts. It emerged that Quax had also not filed returns on the gifts he had received during the previous term.
Quax and his family arrived in New Zealand from the Netherlands during the 1950s, and according to an interview in the New Zealand Listener travelled on the same ship as former Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres.
It was revealed on 27 November 2013 that Quax had been undergoing treatment for throat cancer which had been diagnosed in September that year.
- Dick Quax biography, Athletics New Zealand. Retrieved 7 November 2010.
- Adrian Blincoe breaks Dick Quax's 31 year old 5000m record, Athletics New Zealand. Retrieved 9 November 2011.
- Gay, Edward (13 October 2007). "New faces aplenty in local government shake-ups". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 28 September 2011.
- "Quax wins Howick by-election". Stuff.co.nz. 27 May 2011. Retrieved 28 September 2011.
- "The Boat People - by Joris de Bres 1997".
- Dick Quax 'battered' after cancer treatment
- Hewitson, Michelle (2 July 2011). "Michele Hewitson Interview: Dick Quax". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
- New Zealand Olympic Committee: Dick Quax biography
|Men's 5000m World Record Holder
5 July 1977 – 8 April 1978
|Men's 5.000m Best Year Performance
1976 — 1977