A trib­ute to the late Hugh MacArthur

The Oban Times - - Sport -

HUGH MacArthur was a founder mem­ber of Mid Ar­gyll Ath­letic Club in Au­gust 1984 and his con­tri­bu­tion in the early years was im­mense, par­tic­u­larly as a coach and also as a very ac­tive fundraiser and ad­min­is­tra­tor.

He at­tended many coach­ing cour­ses in the early years of the club and gained the se­nior coach qual­i­fi­ca­tion in mid­dle dis­tance events.

Hugh’s knowl­edge and coach­ing skills helped sev­eral young ath­letes to win awards at dis­trict and na­tional com­pe­ti­tions.

Hugh was also ac­tive as an ath­lete, cov­er­ing many miles on the roads, canal banks and forestry tracks in Mid Ar­gyll and com­pleted two marathons and many half marathons and shorter road races, reach­ing a very re­spectable stan­dard. Be­fore Hugh en­tered the ath­let­ics world as a coach and ath­lete, he rep­re­sented Scot­land in in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion in clay pi­geon shoot­ing.

When Hugh fi­nally re­tired from coach­ing, he con­cen­trated his ef­forts in try­ing to es­tab­lish a sports com­plex lo­cally, which in­cluded a 400m all-weather track.

As chair­man of the lo­cal sports trust, he was the driv­ing force be­hind the project, but un­fortu- nately this did not ma­te­ri­alise as the new joint cam­pus school was built on the pre­ferred, and only, site in 2007. The lo­cal sports trust com­mit­tee con­tin­ued to meet but even­tu­ally the meet­ings were very in­fre­quent, un­til ef­forts were made in 2013 to re­form this vol­un­tary group.

Hugh agreed to be chair­man, once again, of the re­formed Mid Ar­gyll Sports Coun­cil and thanks to Hugh and the new com­mit­tee it was agreed to grant Mid Ar­gyll Ath­letic Club a gen­er­ous financial con­tri­bu­tion to­wards the club’s project to cre­ate an all-weather jumps fa­cil­ity on spare ground at the joint cam­pus. With­out Hugh’s per­sua­sive in­flu­ence this would not have hap­pened. This fa­cil­ity, which is now pro­grammed to be com­pleted in the early sum­mer of 2016, will be of great ben­e­fit to the ath­letic club and also the two schools at the joint cam­pus.

Fi­nally the coaches, com­mit­tee and ju­nior mem­bers of Mid Ar­gyll Ath­letic Club wish to thank Hugh’s wife Ka­t­rina, his sons James and David and daugh­ter Karen for their gen­er­ous do­na­tion. More than £1,100 was col­lected at Hugh’s funeral ser­vice and thanks also go to the lo­cal com­mu­nity for their gen­eros­ity.

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