Dick Quax

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Quax in 1977

Theodorus Jacobus Leonardus "Dick" Quax (1 January 1948 – 28 May 2018) was a Dutch-born New Zealand runner and one-time world record holder in the 5000 metres, and local-body politician. He was born in Alkmaar, Netherlands.

Quax ran for Parliament for the ACT Party in 1999 and 2002. He was a Manukau City councillor from 2001 to 2007, when he stood unsuccessfully for mayor, and was on the Auckland Council from 2011 until his death in 2018.

Quax married three times, his third marriage being to Roxanne in August 1991.[1] He had three children.

It was revealed on 27 November 2013 that Quax had been undergoing treatment for throat cancer, which had been diagnosed two months earlier.[2] Quax died of the disease in Auckland on 28 May 2018, aged 70.[3][4]

References[change | change source]

  1. Hewitson, Michelle (2 July 2011). "Michele Hewitson Interview: Dick Quax". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. "Olympian battling throat cancer". Nzherald.co.nz. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  3. "New Zealand running great Dick Quax dies, aged 70, after long battle with cancer". Stuff.co.nz. 28 May 2018. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  4. "NZ running legend Dick Quax dies". Radio New Zealand. 2018-05-27. Retrieved 2018-05-28.