Ken Lorraway

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Kenneth ("Ken") John Lorraway (6 February 1956 – 4 January 2007) was an Australian triple jumper, who represented his native country twice at the Summer Olympics: 1980 and 1984 and Commonwealth Games: 1978 and 1982.[1] His best Olympic result was finishing in 8th place in Moscow, USSR with a leap of 16.44 metres.

He was born in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales. He attended Watson High School in Canberra and participated in junior athletics with the North Canberra Athletic Club.[2] Between 1974-78, he attended the Southern Illinois University in the United States on an athletic scholarship. In 1978, he was selected as an All American.[2] He won the silver medal at the 1982 Commonwealth Games after an epic battle with Keith Connor. He won Australian national senior triple jump title five times between 1979/80 to 1984/84.[1] He was also a successful long jumper. He was an inaugural athletics scholarship holder at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) where he was coached by Kelvin Giles.[3] He married AIS long jumper Robyn Strong, a silver medallist at the 1982 Commonwealth Games.[2] They had three children - two boys Alex and Sebastian and a daughter Madeline.[2] Alex has followed in his father's footsteps as a triple jumper.[4] In 1997, he was inducted into the ACT Sports Hall of Fame.[5]

Lorraway died in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, aged fifty of a suspected heart attack.[2]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Australia
1978 Commonwealth Games Edmonton, Canada 4th Triple Jump 16.27 m
1978 Commonwealth Games Edmonton, Canada 8th Long Jump 7.57 m
1980 Olympic Games Moscow, Soviet Union 8th Triple Jump 16.44 m final ; 16.80 m Final
1982 Commonwealth Games Brisbane, Australia 2nd Triple Jump 17.54 m
1984 Olympic Games Los Angeles, United States 19th Triple jump 15.92 m


  1. ^ a b "Ken Lorraway". Australian Athletics Historical Results. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "vake - Ken Lorraway (1956-2007)". Athletics Australia News, 5 January 2007. 
  3. ^ "Australian Institute of Sport Annual Report". 1981. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Alex Lorraway". Athletics Australia Historical Results. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "ActewAGL ACT Sport Hall of Fame Members". ACTSport Website. Retrieved 29 May 2012.