Charles ‘Chilla’ Porter (athletics) was a high jumper who won silver medals at the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Cardiff and again in Perth in 1962. Most famous for his epic duel with American Charles Dumas in fading light at the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne where Porter also won the silver medal. Chilla also competed in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics however he didn’t qualify for the final. Winner of seven straight Australian titles in the high jump from 1955 to 1961, Porter was inducted into the Athletics Australia Hall of Fame in 2011. He continued his long involvement in athletics on the board of Athletics WA and became chair of the Western Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS). His son Christian became Attorney-General for Australia in December 2017.
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