Well it only took 50 years but Olympian Peter Norman has finally been recognised by the AOC. Peter Norman, Olympian and Australian 200m record-holder, given posthumous Order of Merit by AOC For those who don't know Peter Norman... Excerpts from: http://forums.leagueunlimited.com/t...land-vs-papua-new-guinea.347932/#post-6222200 On the morning of October 16, 1968, at the Mexico City Olympics, African-American athlete Tommie Smith won the 200m Gold Medal in a then-world-record time of 19.83 seconds. Silver medalist was Australia's Peter Norman and John Carlos landed third place. The radical Black Panthers Group wanted three black runners on the podium, but Norman was simply too good. Upon realising this, Norman decided to stick up for his fellow athletes in what he believed was a just cause. He figured joining in the salute was too much of a wank for a white guy on the other side of the world. So he wore a badge for the Olympic Project for Human Rights - established to protest racial segregation. Just a badge. Peter Norman's time of 20.06 seconds still stands as the Australian 200m record. He was a five-time Australian 200m champion. What followed was a major injustice, far bigger then the pettiness we wrap ourselves up in nowadays. Smith and Carlos were expelled from the Games and ostracised in the USA. But in the changing social climate of America, both men were eventually brought back into the fold. Norman's punishment was far more insidious. In the Sydney 2000 Olympics, while all past champions were being remembered, Norman's name didn't rate a mention. Meanwhile, at San Jose State University, there is a statue celebrating the stance taken by Smith and Carlos. In Melbourne in 2006, Norman died of a heart attack. At the funeral, pallbearer Smith described Norman as "a man who believed right could never be wrong." "Peter Norman's legacy is a rock. Stand on that rock." Smith added. Fellow pallbearer Carlos spoke of the hatred directed at the three men. "Not every young white individual would have the gumption, the nerve, the backbone, to stand there." As far as bonding sessions go, this was quite the bell ringer.