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Charles Porter Death – Dead: A great loss was made known to InsideEko. As friends and families of the deceased are mourning the passing of their loved and cherished Charles Porter.

Having heard about this great loss, the family of this individual is passing through pains, mourning the unexpected passing of their beloved.

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VALE Charles ‘Chilla’ Porter, two-time Olympian and silver medallist at Melbourne 1956. 💚💛

Chilla is fondly remembered for winning 🥈 in one of the most dramatic high jump competitions in Olympic history, in a final that lasted more than five hours in front of 60,000 captivated fans at the MCG.

Athletics Australia

Vale Charles ‘Chilla’ Porter (1954).
It is with great sadness that we advise of the passing of one of our prominent Old Boys, Charles ‘Chilla’ Porter. Chilla was a Prefect of the School and competed in cross country and swimming, however it was in high jump that he made his mark securing both the GPS High Jump Record and Australian Junior High Jump Record in 1954. As an Olympian, Chilla competed in high jump at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics and the 1960 Rome Olympics. He won the silver medal in Melbourne and also won the silver medal for high jump at the 1958 Empire Games in Cardiff and the 1962 Commonwealth Games in Perth. Chilla later served as State Director of the Liberal Party of Australia (Western Australian Division) and was Chairman of the Western Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS) from 1995 to 1996. RIP Chilla!

“Chilla” Charles Michael Porter
11 January 1936 – 15 August 2020

For the hundreds of thousands of Australians who were transfixed by the first day of the 1956 Melbourne Olympics my father was Chilla Porter, the wiry 6 foot four teenager who took part in the longest field event in the Olympics. Dad was an unknown 19year old Brisbane boy who for almost 7 hours went jump for jump with the world-record holding American Charles Dumas who had only months earlier become the first man to break the seven-foot barrier and who was the best field athlete in the world.

Under unimaginable pressure Chilla smashed his own personal best by almost two inches and in the end just clipped the bar in his final attempt at the winning height to see Dumas clinch gold. It must truly have been something special because people of all walks of life from that time will stop me in the street 64 years later to say that they were there and still remember every jump.

In the end one of the physically strongest men Australia has produced had his cancer go to his bones and like so many Australian families who fight the cruel things cancer does he went through far too much over the final few weeks. My Sister’s long care for Dad which let him die in his own home on the weekend has been the greatest act of kindness I have ever seen.

Dad gave his youth to Australian athletics which he loved and the best part of his working life to the Liberal Party in whose founding principles his faith never wavered. Neither my sister or I knew that tenacious 19 year old who did those amazing athletic feats and went on to be 7 times national champion and inducted into the Australian athletics hall of fame and we barely recognised what cancer did in the end. But Shani and I had our entire life blessed by the most devoted of fathers and Mum got married at 19 to the most devoted of husbands and so we will always remember that wonderful loving father and husband and grandfather who lived such a fantastic life.

VALE Charles “Chilla” Porter who has sadly passed away from cancer at the age of 84.

Charles represented Australia twice as an Olympian and at Commonwealth Games, as well as held seven national titles.

Athletics Australia sends its thoughts out to the Porter family.

We are still working on getting more details about the death, as family statement on the death is yet to be released.

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