Ian Tampion

Carlton Reserve Career: 1961
Reserve Games: TBD
Reserve Goals: TBD
Height: 185 cm (6'1")
Weight: 80 kg (12'5")
Guernsey No. 49
DOB: 15th February, 1938.
Died: 14th October, 1997 (aged 59).

Ian Kenneth Tampion was an Australian scientologist and sportsman who played 16 games and kicked 1 goal whilst playing with South Melbourne from 1958 - 1960. Tampion received one Brownlow vote whilst wearing No.7 for South Melbourne.

Tampion transferred to Carlton for the 1961 season but only managed to play reserve grade football for the Blues. Tampion unfortunately fractured his cheekbone in the opening game of the season in the reserves which hampered his debut season with the Blues.

Ian Tampion also played with Terang FC and South Adelaide FC (SANFL).

Tampion, a wingman recruited from the University Blues in the Victorian Amateur Football Association. His most noted moment as a footballer was a goal he kicked during the 1958 VFL season, in which he made a career high nine appearances. In South Melbourne's round 16 win over St Kilda at Junction Oval, Tampion received a free kick as the three-quarter time siren sounded. As he was the centre wing around 80-yards from goal, he decided he was too far out and handed the ball to the umpire, only to be told by South Melbourne's coach Ron Clegg that he should take the kick. Tampion, who had the wind behind him, kicked a drop punt which cleared the surprised St Kilda defenders who had not pushed back. St Kilda's Bob Kupsch raced back towards the goals but the ball beat him to register what was described in The Age as the goal of the season. He made two appearances for South Melbourne in the 1959 season, then a further five in the 1960 season.

Tampion was also a high-profile Scientologist who fought legal proceedings to have Scientology recognised in Australia as a church. He had his first contact with Scientology in 1958 and said that it helped him in his football career. Previously a school teacher, Tampion became a professional scientologist in 1961. He was the technical director of Scientology in Victoria. In 1965 a Victorian Board of Inquiry banned the practise of Scientology. With his partner Judy, Tampion set up the Church of the New Faith in Melbourne in 1968, which was able to circumvent these laws. He later sued Justice Kevin Anderson for loss and damages, a result of the Board of Inquiry which he headed. Tampion believed both Anderson and the counsel assisting were biased and went beyond their proper terms of reference. In the writ, Tampion claimed the judges had shown misfeasance, breach of duty and recklessness. The lawsuit was dismissed in the Supreme Court as "frivolous and vexatious" and an "abuse of the process of the court".

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