Edward Haslingden

Edward Bruce Carlton Haslingden
Skiing - 1993

Edward Bruce Haslingden was born in Sydney in March 1923. Educated by correspondence then to Canberra Grammar School where he undertook the agricultural courses. Bruce said he tended more towards the sporting environment than the academic; marking nil in the Latin exam and in the same term scored 10 out of 10 in gymnastics. He represented the school in athletics at the Associated Grammar Schools in Sydney, captained the under 16s cricket and played in the first 11 cricket and the first 15 football.

 Bruce started skiing with the Cooma Ski Club in 1938 and won his first race on the Kerry Course at the Hotel Kosciusko in 1939. Skiing was interrupted by the war and did not get going again until about 1947 when Cooma Ski Club was reformed b y Dr Harvey Dakin.

 Bruce was selected to represent NSW in 1950 and competed in National and Interstate events, however he never won a National event in that year. After what Bruce described as a lucky season in 1951 he was selected to represent Australia at the 1952 Olympic Games in Oslo, Norway.

 Bruce was one of the two cross country skiers selected and there were also five alpine skiers in the team. This was the first Winter Olympic team to be sent from Australia and Bruce carried the flag in the Closing Ceremony.

 After the games he was invited to compete in the National Ski sports in Sweden, Finland and Germany thus becoming the first Australian to compete in these countries. He continued competitive skiing for the next few years and managed the Australian team in New Zealand in 1953 where he also competed in the Alpine events. In addition he captained the New South Wales team in Interstate competitions.

 Bruce was a selector for the 1956 Winter Olympics, served on both the Councils of the NSW Ski Association and the Southern Districts for several years. He continued to ski in cross country events until 1993 when his last International event was the 1993 Engadine Ski Marathon in Switzerland where he was placed 8th in his class, thus ending a long and spectacular skiing career.