October 21, 2016 04:06 PM

London’s Mike Davies picks up Services to Athletics award.

Mike Davies' involvement in athletics goes back about 60 years. He was a very competent and versatile athlete competing for club and county to British League standard in throws, high jump and hurdles. His club career started with Eastbourne Rovers, then Liverpool Harriers, before moving to Coventry Godiva finally joining Blackheath Harriers in 1977.  He started 'putting back' into the sport in 1959 when he got his coaching qualification. Not content with coaching, in the 1980s, he added field judging to his skills soon after. He has undertaken many administrative duties in the sport both at club and county level. He was Development Officer for Kent from 1996-2000, club officials secretary since 1985 and President of Blackheath and Bromley in 2000.

 

His professionalism, technical  competence and knowledge are a credit to the sport. His enthusiasm and dedication remains along with a deep commitment to athletics  which means he is still out and about over 200 days a year; whether it's coaching, officiating, organising match officials, liaising on league arrangements, ensuring we have team managers in place or keeping our local track manager in line. All this at an age when most are merely planning their next luncheon club visit.

 

Mike Davies told us, “I got the award because I’ve been around a long time – coaching for 60 years and a field judge for over 30 years.  Athletics is my passion – it’s not a sacrifice at all.  It’s what I like doing, it’s what I want to do, what I live for.”  And among the laughter and chat of the current athletes also sat at his table, “it’s lovely being around the youngsters.”

 

Our congratulations to our 2016 National Volunteer Award winners who were presented and recognised at Hall of Fame and Volunteer Awards evening. Seven awards were made to people, clubs and organisations who haven given so much time and energy to the sport. The categories were, Coach, Official, Club, Volunteer, Project, Run Group of the Year, plus Services to Athletics.

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