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A family from Australia paid tribute to their former Olympic triple jump dad during London 2012 by secretly sprinkling his ashes at the athletics track.

Robyn Glynn and her family made the gesture to father George Avery who won an Olympic silver medal for Australia back in 1948 when the Games last came to London.

She told 702 ABC Radio in Sydney, who uncovered the heart-warming story "We decided in 2000 that we were going to bring my father back here but unfortunately he passed away a few years ago."

"So my sister and myself, our husbands, our daughter and our grandchildren came with his ashes...and he's here with us as we watch the Triple Jump," Glynn told the radio station at the time.


Australia's Kelly Cartwright competes in the Women's Long Jump at London 2012 (Getty images) 

"Actually, we did more than sneak him in, we snuck ourselves down to the edge of the track and in the breeze we let his ashes go and they went right over the Triple Jump track!" she sensationally admitted.

Surprisingly Glynn's father's amazing Olympic achievements were kept quiet from his family when she was growing up.

"I didn't even know he was an Olympian until I was about 12! The medal was in a drawer, and Dad decided that it was time that we started Little Athletics...and it was after that we realised what he'd done and what he'd achieved. But he never really made a big deal of it."


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