Ath­let­ics coach leaves his mark

Whitsunday Times - - OBITUARY -

STEPHEN Lo­gan’s was a life snuffed out too soon when he passed away at just 65 on April 20 in In­verell, New South Wales.

What he did for the ath­let­ics com­mu­nity in the Whit­sun­days will be well re­mem­bered and the club he founded and left be­hind will al­ways re­flect his charm­ing, en­er­getic spirit.

Stephen came from a back­ground of com­pet­ing in ath­let­ics in the school arena and was a good long dis­tance run­ner.

He be­gan his long-term as­so­ci­a­tion with or­gan­ised ath­let­ics when his son Scott and daugh­ter Kim joined the Lit­tle Ath­let­ics Australia Club at Mt Gra­vatt in Bris­bane at just four and five years of age, re­spec­tively.

From this in­tro­duc­tion, Scott and Kim had many suc­cesses and en­joyed their time in track and field with Dad as their coach.

When he was ap­pointed postal manager in Air­lie Beach in 1992, the clos­est Lit­tle Ath­let­ics Club was in Bowen so Stephen hatched a plan to cre­ate a club in Proser­pine called Whit­sun­day Ath- let­ics Club Inc. which started in 1994. The club also in­cluded The Queens­land Ath­let­ics As­so­ci­a­tion (QAA) for older ath­letes and later be­came Ath­let­ics North Queens­land (ANQ).

Stephen was pas­sion­ate about inspiring young ath­letes to do their best. He achieved Level 4 coach­ing ac­cred­i­ta­tion which en­abled him to coach young adults to na­tional. He also had a team of Mackay ath­letes who he drove down to coach each week, sev­eral re­ceiv­ing na­tional awards.

Af­ter his move to Woom­bah in New South Wales, he con­tin­ued to train a group of ath­letes from the lo­cal school in their in­di­vid­ual events.

In 2000 Stephen was se­lected as a track of­fi­cial at the Syd­ney Olympics and for him, ev­i­dently, it was the high­point of his coach­ing ca­reer. His wife Robyn and daugh­ter Kim re­mem­ber Stephen out on the track where he couldn’t wipe the smile off his face.

He was known for run­ning coach­ing clin­ics all over Queens­land and was well­liked among his peers and the ath­letes he coached.

A tes­ta­ment to this is the many mes­sages on Face­book from th­ese same ath­letes say­ing what a good bloke and coach Stephen was. He was a spe­cial man who gave his all to the things he loved and de­served a longer life. Stephen’s life was cel­e­brated in In­verell on April 26 with fam­ily and friends – his le­gacy lives on in the Whit­sun­days.

AL­WAYS RE­MEM­BERED: Stephen Charles Lo­gan.

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