Shar­ing ath­let­ics pas­sion with kids

Central Leader - - NEWS - By JU­LIAN RAETHEL

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.’’

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