Ian Manning was a talented athlete across a number of disciplines with the triple jump his best event. He joined Northern Suburbs in 1962/63 as a youngster and worked his way through the ranks.
At his first Australian Championship Ian excelled with a 3rd place in the junior triple jump. He soon became the dominant athlete in triple jump competition in Tasmania. He contributed to committee and administrative duties for many years and was club treasurer for eight seasons, no doubt putting his banking knowledge (employed with the Commercial Bank of Australia later to become Westpac Bank)