Written by DB
Time catches up with an old Poly Star but the day offers congratulations to some of our Under 20s Starlets.
The Club is sad to have to report the death of Hans Jorgen Moesgaard-Kjeldsen,who was AAA Decathlon Champion 3 years running from 1947-1949 with 5965pts/5794pts & 6138pts on the old scoring tables.'Moes',as he was known,was Danish-born,but,as many did after the Second World War,arrived in the UK to further his education - the Poly attracted scores of class acts from overseas in those days. In actual fact,the Club Historian(self-appointed!) had been unable to trace Moes,who was a Life Member, and it was inaccurately assumed he had returned to Denmark in the 1950s. However,a sharp-eyed VP,Tom Ojasoo,spotted his obituary in 'The Thunderer' - he had died in Tunbridge Wells on January 31st this year,aged 81,so,quite possibly he had remained in the UK all that time untraced!
In happier mode,Dominique Blaize has been selected again for GB for the Indoor Under 20 Pentathlon International against Spain & France,as she was last year,though this time she gets to travel across La Manche to Eaubonne(Paris),rather than Valencia,on February 26th. What people do to avoid going to our AGM. And,not to be wholly outdone,three of our Under 20 Men cross-country squad clean-swept the Under 20 Awards for their age-group in Division One of the Surrey League - that says plenty since this winter we were up against the best Surrey Clubs! Alex Thomas was the winner,ahead of Michael Huntley and Ron Taylor - and you need to have run all 4 races to qualify,again testament to their commitment as well as their ability - not to mention a few phone calls from Bob!
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