Alf Watson

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Alf Watson
Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing  Australia
British Empire Games
Bronze medal – third place 1938 Sydney 4×110 yards

Alfred "Alf" Joseph Watson (26 May 1907 – 23 August 1992) was an Australian track and field athlete who competed in the 1928 Summer Olympics and in the 1936 Summer Olympics.

His eldest brother, Russell Henry Watson (1893–1941), was an Australian amateur middle distance champion, who held titles in the mile, half-mile, and 440 hurdles.[1] Both Alf and his older brother, Edward, attended Caulfield Grammar School from 1917 to 1919.[2]

Alf then attended Ivanhoe Grammar School,[3] for whom he sprinted and competed in the high jump;[4] As well as being a fine Australian Rules footballer (a member of the school's First XVIII from 1922 to 1924), he also played cricket with the school's First XI from 1921 to 1924, captaining the team in 1923 and 1924, and winning the Associated Grammar Schools' batting average in 1924 (as a consequence of which he was awarded a junior membership of the Melbourne Cricket Club).[5]

In 1928 he was eliminated in the first round of the 110 metre hurdles event as well as of the 400 metre hurdles competition.

Eight years later he was again eliminated in the first round of both the 110 metre hurdles contest and the 400 metre hurdles event.

At the 1938 Empire Games he was a member of the Australian relay team which won the bronze medal in the 4×110 yards competition. In the 440 yards hurdles contest he finished fourth.

He announced his retirement from competitive athletics in November 1938.[6]



  • Wilkinson, Ian R. (1997). The Fields At Play - 115 Years of Sport at Caulfield Grammar School 1881-1996. Playright Publishing. ISBN 0-949853-60-7. 
  • Webber, Horace (1981). Years May Pass On... Caulfield Grammar School, 1881-1981. Centenary Committee, Caulfield Grammar School, (East St Kilda). ISBN 0-9594242-0-2. 

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