Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

There's No Holding Jack Back

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

There's No Holding Jack Back

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Byline: Blythe Seinor blythe.seinor@scnews.com.au

THEY call him Boomerang Jack and he has more stories than you could count.

He claims in 1947 he and a mate became the first people to paddle the Murray River in a "fair dinkum canoe".

He says he uses his hand made boomerangs to catch crocodiles in far north Queensland.

"I have hundreds of stories, I have a new one every day," he said.

And now, at 78 years of age, he plans to add another story to his collection when he competes in the gruelling 404 km Red Cross Murray Marathon.

Boomerang Jack, or John Bird - to those who love him - will race in a relay team for BHP Billiton and he said he had no plans to take out second place.

"I told them we'll cross the line first... I won't have it any other way or I won't participate," he said. …

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