Remembering Dick Quax: 'Fierce competitor and champion bloke' - Rod Dixon

Drive 28/05/2018
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Former world 5000 metres record holder and Auckland councillor Dick Quax has died of cancer, aged 70.

Born Theodorus Jacobus Leonardus Quax, he was best known as one of the legenday trio of 'Flying Kiwis' - along with John Walker and Rod Dixon - through the 1970s.

Among the first responding to his death was old crony Rod Dixon, who lives in the United States. He joined Ryan Bridge on RadioLIVE Drive to remember his good friend and fellow competitor.

Dixon posted on Facebook, "Right now this is the most emotional time."

"My great friend and competitor passed away peacefully in New Zealand this morning," he said.

"To his family, my condolences and love at this most difficult time. Peaceful journey my great friend."

After retiring from athletics, Quax turned to politics - both local and national - running unsuccessfully for Parliament as ACT candidate in Pakuranga in 1999. He was ranked 11th on the party list, but only the first nine progressed to Parliament.

He was more successful in local politics, elected to the Manukau City Council in 2001, representing the Pakuranga ward and re-elected in the new Botany-Clevedon ward three years later, after a failed mayoralty bid.

In 2007, he again lost the mayoralty race to Len Brown.

He was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2013.

Listen to the full interview with Rod Dixon above.

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