Ken Lorraway passed away in his home town of Canberra in 2007 at the young age of 50.
He is a legend of ACT athletics and still holds the ACT and National Records for the Triple Jump; in fact no Australian athlete to this day has yet even come close to breaking his outstanding records.
Ken grew up in Canberra and attended Watson Primary and High Schools. He was always an excellent athlete and represented ACT many times and won many ACT and NSW junior and Combined High Schools long and triple jump titles. Upon leaving school he attended the University of Illinois in the USA after which he returned to Canberra a very strong and exceptionally fast athlete.
Initially he was then trained by Canberra coach David Hocking and recorded several brilliant performances of 10.40 secs (h) on grass for the 100m, plus a wind-assisted 10.00 secs ; in one of the few times he ran the 200m he recorded a legal 20.80 secs for the 200m sprint. Also around this time he also recorded brilliant distances of 17.30m and 7.91m for the triple and long jumps respectively.
Ken represented Australia with distinction at the 1980 Moscow Olympics and during the 1970’s at the old Sydney Sports Ground on a grass track at a meet titled the Sydney KB Games he competed in a 100m event, defeating the 1976 100m Olympic Gold Medallist from Trinidad Haseley Crawford as well as one of Australia’s best-ever sprinters Paul Narracott.
Ken always wanted to do some pro running as well but after moving to the AIS where he was coached by Kelvin Giles it was difficult for him to find the time.
However, he did manage to attend the Stawell Gift Carnival on a number of occasions where he competed prior to injuries and other commitments intervening.
In the years prior to his passing Ken generously devoted much of his time to the coaching of many promising young triple and long jumpers from the ACT and region, regularly achieving success in state and national championships.
Ken Lorraway is survived by his wife Robyn, sons Alex and Sebastian and daughter Maddy.