Ray Boyd

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Ray Boyd
Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing  Australia
Commonwealth Games
Gold medal – first place 1982 Brisbane Pole Vault

Raymond ("Ray") Boyd (born 28 June 1951) is a former athlete from Australia, who competed in the Pole vault.

Boyd won eleven Australian Championships in the Pole Vault, ending his career on a high note when winning the Gold medal at the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane. He competed in two Olympics and three Commonwealth Games[1] from 1970 to 1982. He was coached by Wal Chisholm.

Boyd's best vault of 5.30 metres was achieved in Melbourne on 15 March 1976.[2]

His wife, Denise Boyd (née Robertson) was also a Commonwealth Games champion and double-Olympic finalist at 200 metres.[3] The Boyds have three children, all of whom are successful athletes:[4]

  • Alana (born 10 May 1984)[5] - 4.81 m Pole Vaulter[2]
  • Jacinta (born 10 February 1986)[6] - 6.64 m Long Jumper[2]
  • Matthew (Matt) (born 29 April 1988)[7] - 5.35 m Pole Vaulter[8]

Ray is Alana, Jacinta and Matthew 's coach for training.

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