Drawing: Deeks (Robert de Castella)

Robert de Costella

Robert de Castella (Deeks) as one of the leading marathon runners in the 1980s. The colourful Australian, off Swiss-Italian descent, was the World Champion in 1983 and won back-to-back golds at the 1982 (Brisbane) and 1986 (Edinburgh)  Commonwealth Games. He also took the Boston title in 1986.

“If you feel bad at 10 miles, you’re in trouble. If you feel bad at 20 miles, you’re normal. If you don’t feel bad at 26 miles, you’re abnormal,” was one of his famous quotes.

In 2013 he launched ‘Deeks’ – a chain of grain and gluten free bakeries and cafés and for good measure earned a black belt in the traditional Okinawan style of karate, Goju Ryu.

His distinctive moustache made him an ideal caricature target, which I drew and got it signed when he visited my home town in Invercargill, New Zealand, as the director of the Australian Institute of Sport.