Glen Eden Athletic & Harrier Club and Athletics Auckland stalwart who has given 72 years of service to athletics, Laurie Carter died on Tuesday 24 November 2015 aged 90.
After a stint playing rugby for the Grafton Rugby Club he started competing in athletics at aged 18, competing for the Auckland Amateur Athletic and Cycling Club on the Auckland Domain. He was initially a useful sprinter but soon found he was better suited to field events particularly in the throws.He competed in the decathlon and represented Auckland in the decathlon. Laurie has been an accredited official for over 60 years officiating year round including the starter, with a whistle around his neck, at harrier events for many years. He was appointed a track umpire at the 1990 Auckland Commonwealth Games and was an official in the finishing chute at the 1988 World Cross Country Championships in Auckland. He joined the Glen Eden Athletic and Harrier Club just before he started competing in the masters. He currently holds every Auckland masters throwing record including the throws pentathlon in the M85 grade. Laurie played a key role in the forming of the harrier section of the Club and he established the annual Glen Eden 10 mile road race which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year. He was also involved with coaching at the Club controlling and encouraging senior athletes hopeful of keeping them at the Glen Eden Club. He was a long serving Club delegate to Auckland Centre delegate meetings. Laurie has been honoured with Life Membership of the Auckland and Glen Eden Clubs as well as Auckland Masters Athletics. He received an Athletics Auckland Merit Award and an Athletics New Zealand long service badge and was the 1982 Glen Eden Council for Recreation and Sport senior sportsperson of the year and in 1988 was named the Glen Eden Council’s administrator of the year.
A funeral service for Laurie will be held in the Main Chapel of the Morrison Funeral Home, 220 Universal Drive, Henderson, Auckland on Saturday the 28th of November at 12.30 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations to the Cancer Society NZ would be greatly appreciated and can be sent to PO Box 1724 Shortland St, Auckland 1140