What't it like being a competitor at an Olympic Games. Browse this selection of images which Ray Smith has kindly provided. Ray was sixth in the 50 km racewalk event and was a local Melbourne boy.
You can see other photos of Ray in some of our other 1956 Olympic Pages.
Selected at last and the Olympic ID to prove it!
Ray strides out purposely to the bus - the typical Olympic spectator with camera on hand
Some shots from the 50 km event - you can see more on the 1956 50 km page in our site.
At last it's all over and Ray has come sixth after a very tough race in hot conditions over a hilly course - a great achievement.
At any Olympics, the competitors from different nations mix and get
know each other. The above 3 pictures relate to Grigorii Klimov, the
walker whom Ray to know quite well.
The great American racewalker Henry Laskau was in attendance - and Ray got his card signed.
The final aftermath of the Games - the official Australian Team
Report - I hope that Ray behaved himself!
Ray's singlet and tracksuit top
Ray's disploma officially recognising his 6th place in the Melbourne 1956 Olympic 50 km racewalk