Athletics coach leaves his mark
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.