It’s A Knockout blast from the past

THE news that Channel Ten will resurrect popular TV show It's A Knockout this Sunday has brought back memories for a Childers team that won the competition in 1986.

The Childers team, representing the town's Apex club, won a total of $38,000 to be spent on projects in the area.

The team took home $25,000 for the win in the final, and the rest was from winning other segments.

Some of the members of the winning team - most of whom still live in the Childers area - met up in the town again yesterday to reminisce about their victory.

Team captain John Harbourne, who could not make the reunion from his home in Woodgate Beach, said the win had been a big deal in the town back in 1986.

"There were a lot of trials in the game, and we trained hard for it," he said.

"The hardest part was that there were a lot of balancing games and swimming - you needed upper body strength."

Mr Harbourne said he had tapes of the team's performance in the show, but had not watched them for years.

But he said while he was happy they won the event, he was a little disappointed at the way the Childers Apex Club used the money.

"We did all that training (and) I had hoped the money would go to a sports complex," he said.

"Back then that was a lot of money, but they just sort of wasted it on little things here and there."

Team member Max Henke said he remembered a lot of work and training went into the team's win.

"We went into it because we could see it as a way of raising funds," he said.

Mr Henke said he remembered the swimming pool in Childers was closed to everybody else for one night a week so the team could train by themselves.

Fellow member Steve Loder said while they were all reasonably fit at the time, he would not like to take part in the game now.

The modern version of the show will return this summer over eight one-hour episodes, hosted by comedian HG Nelson, Ten sports presenter Brad McEwan and ex-Hi-5 member Charli Robinson.

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