Slip Carr

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Slip Carr
Full name Edwin William Carr[1]
Date of birth (1899-06-09)9 June 1899[1][2]
Place of birth Burwood, New South Wales [1]
Date of death 3 July 1971(1971-07-03) (aged 72)[1]
Place of death Ryde, New South Wales
Height 169 cm (5 ft 7 in)[2]
Weight 67 kg (10 st 8 lb)[2]
School Sydney Grammar School[3]
Notable relative(s) Ernie Carr, Edwin Carr, Leo Carr
Rugby union career
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1921[1] Wallabies 4[1] (9)[1]

Edwin William "Slip" Carr (9 June 1899 – 3 July 1971) was a rugby union player who represented Australia, an Australian 100 and 200 metre sprinter, and Olympic team member at the 1924 Summer Olympics.[4]

Early life[edit]

Born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, he attended Sydney Grammar School. Carr absconded four times to enlist in the armed forces, WWI, eventually travelling to the middle east where he contracted malaria and was repatriated. He was a Captain in eastern command in WWII and bitterly resented not being permitted to join the 'men at the front'.[citation needed]

Rugby union career[edit]

Carr, a wing, claimed a total of 4 international rugby caps for Australia.

Sweetacres Champion Chewing Gum Collector card of Slip Carr, c. 1930

Athletic career[edit]

Known for his speed Carr was nicknamed 'Slippery', shortened to 'Slip'. He was selected to represent Australia in the 100 and 200 metre events at the 1924 Olympic games, and was chosen to be the country's first flag bearer.[4] As an active rugby player, he sustained two broken ankles which he carried to his representative duties at these Olympics. Subsequently, he determined to remain in Europe and pursued the best sprinters for ninety nine wins from one hundred and two starts. He returned to Australia after winning the Duke of Edinburgh's Cup which was awarded to him by the then Prince of Wales. Carr died in Ryde, New South Wales, Australia on 3 July 1971. It should be noted that in the 1924 Olympics, Carr ran 10.7 in his semi final finishing fourth and not qualifying for the final comprising the first three from each heat, the other heat being considerably slower. His semi-final time would have won Carr a minor medal in the final.

Notable relatives[edit]

Carr's eldest brother Ernest played rugby for Australia,[5] his other brother Leo played representative tennis for N.S.W. and was a Captain engineer in the RAN who developed patented mechanical devices to the drive advantage of Australian naval vessels, being awarded the OBE.[citation needed] His son Edwin Carr competed at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics as well as at the Commonwealth Games. Edwin became a surgeon who gave his time to the Australian army medical corps with repeating tours to Vietnam.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h " player profile of Slip Carr". Retrieved 12 July 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c " player profile of Edwin Carr, Sr.". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 26 July 2010. 
  3. ^ Stark, Andrew. "The History of Grammar Rugby: Rolling in the Dust — The Story of Sydney Grammar School Rugby". The Friends of Grammar Rugby. Archived from the original on 29 October 2009. Retrieved 26 July 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Paris 1924: Summer Olympics of the VIII Olympiad". Australian Olympic Committee. Retrieved 26 July 2010. 
  5. ^ C Manly Biographical

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