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submitted by National Archives, Australia on 29.04.2006

George Samios, Western Australia.

George Samios, Western Australia.
Copyright (1968) NAA

George Samios, the manager of the Australian wrestling team at the Olympic Games in Mexico in 1968. George was born in Kythera, Greece in 1916 and migrated to Western Australia when he was only 14. After settling in Australia, he developed an interest in wrestling and went on to win a number of state championships in the 1930s.

When World War II broke out, George Samios enlisted in the Army and in 1942 served for a time with the Western Command Physical and Recreation Training School – presumably putting his wrestling skills to good use!

Article on groundbreaking Greeks, NAA

George Samios, Notable Kytherian, Biography

Biography from the Greek Australian Sports Hall of Fame

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