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1 Vale - Warren Vines on Sat Aug 23, 2014 10:23 am


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Here is a statement from the Victorian Athletic League on the passing of Warren Vines

The Victorian Athletic League is saddened to learn of the sudden passing of former athlete Warren Vines.
Warren was an outstanding athlete and amongst his many wins was the 1976 Wangaratta Gift. Warren was also actively involved in the Brighton Gift, run for many years at Dendy Park.
He was a great contributor to the PRTA (now VRTA) as a committeeman and as a member of the PRTA coaching team that spread the professional running message with regular school clinics.
Warren was coached by the late Vin Sabbatucci and was 67 years of age.

2 Re: Vale - Warren Vines on Tue Aug 26, 2014 3:57 pm


Sad to hear about the sudden passing of Warren Vines.

Someone might be able to confirm it, but I remember a story about Vinesy being paraded for the 1976 Wangaratta Gift final and half way down he tripped over himself and did a somersault. He dusted himself off and went on to win the Gift - when Wang was one of the big ones.

What was even more meritorious about that Wangaratta win was that Vinesy won the Frankston Gift the week before off 9.0m and was pulled 2.0m back to 7.0m. He wasn't the fastest heat winner at Wang, local athlete Bernie Grealy had equal fastest up after the heats (12.3) and was the favourite going into the Monday (Australia Day holiday). But Warren lifted for the occasion and ran 12.2 to win the final. Vinesy won the Wangaratta Gift/70m double recording 7.4s to win the Sprint off 4.75m.

He was a heat winner in the 1975 Stawell Gift, running 12.2 off 9.0m.

Recently he's been living in Queensland, working as a recruiting officer for St Kilda FC. He also was the Umpires fitness coach for AFL Queensland.

Below is a tribute from the University of Queensland Football Club.

Vale Warren Vines
Michael Swann
August 22, 2014

The UQAFC is saddened today to hear of the sudden passing of former UQAFC Senior Coach Warren Vines.

“Vinesy” was widely known in the AFL community having held several positions with AFL clubs in Brisbane and Melbourne. Most recently Warren was continuing his work as coach with the local senior umpiring group. A man of absolute conviction when it came to physical fitness and preparation for playing the game he loved, Warren will be missed by the AFL family and the club offers his family and friends our condolences with his unexpected passing. Vinesy’s passion for the game and willingness to help people made an impression on all those he met. In the sport we love, he will be sorely missed.

"Let's Go While We're Young"

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