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Old Boys Return – Jim McCann (1956)

Described in 1956 as the “greatest all-round schoolboy athlete Australia has ever produced”, Jim McCann returned to the College in June to present the triple bar jumpers to the First and Second XV. 

An introduction by Director of Sport Miles Newman outlined Mr McCann’s incredible sporting achievements in Cricket, Rugby and Athletics (his AAGPS open long jump record of 1957 still stands, and he represented Australia at two Empire games).

James McCann breaks the tape to set a new record for the G.P.S. 221 yards. 

“My father was sent to Australia in the 1920s aged 19, to get away from ‘the Troubles’ in Ireland. He found work in the Orange district, where he met and played rugby with some old Joeys boys. It was this connection that resulted in me going to Joeys. 

I grew up an only child in Manly, and my father’s decision to send me to Joeys framed my life. It was like a whole new family, where I formed lifelong friendships, received outstanding coaching from Br John and Br Stephen for Rugby and Athletics, and I did some school work, too! 

“I believe the high number of inter-generational Old Boys, supporting the school in so many ways, is testament to the ongoing success of the College.”

Jim McCann (1956)

I returned to the school in the 1970s-‘80s,  to help with some Athletics coaching, and have always enjoyed sitting up in the stands throughout the Rugby season. Having grandsons at the school has involved another level of connection, for my whole family.  

I was very honoured to be a guest at the Headmaster’s Assembly, to present the Rugby jumpers. The spirit and energy of the Joe Boys never fails to impress, and the culture of respect and humility are a credit to the whole school community. 

I believe the high number of inter-generational Old Boys, supporting the school in so many ways, is testament to the ongoing success of the College.”