Kung fu man finds a new world
Daniel Lewis admits he doesn’t like the spotlight.
So it’s understandable the Avondale Athletics juniors coach and official was a little reluctant to talk to a journalist.
He’s more focused on working behind the scenes – getting the best out of the young athletes and volunteers at the club. Lewis was never into many sports or athletics as a kid.
But when he and his wife Judy Revell decided to take their 2-year-old son Alexander along to Avondale Athletics, it opened up a whole new world to him. Now he has the toddlers out there throwing discuses.
‘‘It was pretty much my first involvement with sports,’’ the 41-year-old says. ‘‘My son’s 10 now and is very competitive. He says he wants to be a ninja.’’
He must get that from his father. When he’s not on the field, Lewis is in the dojo.
He trains in Shaolin kung fu under sensei Julian Cloete at YMAA Avondale.
Revell has since become the Avondale Athletics club’s president. The decision was made a few years ago to persevere to make it better for future young talent, but Lewis says they’re starting to see the benefits.
‘‘There’s a lot of volunteers here now,’’ Lewis says.
‘‘Of course it can be hard getting other people to step up, but a lot of them do. I’m trying to learn more about the coaching side because Alexander is outgrowing my current ability to teach him.’’
Athletic mind: Teaching youngsters comes naturally for Daniel Lewis.