Story: Athletics

Shot putter Les Mills, early 1960s

Shot putter Les Mills, early 1960s

Les Mills competed in both shot put and discus. He won one gold, three silver and one bronze at the Commonwealth Games between 1958 and 1970 but was unable to find similar success at the Olympics. Mills went on to found a gym chain and was mayor of Auckland from 1990 to 1998.

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David Colquhoun, 'Athletics - The golden era begins, 1950 to 1969', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 July 2024)

Story by David Colquhoun, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 20 Sep 2016