Pas­sion­ate Purser makes his mark

Cockburn Gazette - - SPORT -

SUP­PORTED BY LUX MO­TORS WHEN Steven Purser moved to Spear­wood from the United King­dom, one of the first things he did was seek out a place where he could con­tinue to foster his love for ath­let­ics.

In a stroke of luck for his new home­town, Purser quickly be­gan leav­ing his mark on the sport lo­cally, vol­un­teer­ing to coach within the Cock­burn Lit­tle Ath­let­ics Club and help­ing to es­tab­lish the Cock­burn Ath­let­ics Club for lo­cal se­nior ath­letes.

He said coach­ing was a nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion af­ter an in­ter­na­tional ca­reer as an ath­lete, one that al­lowed him to pass on the knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence that he had gained through 40 years in the sport.

“Coach­ing is my life pas­sion and it gives me the op­por­tu­nity achieve their dreams of com­pet­ing on the big stage in a ma­jor or na­tional cham­pi­onship.”

He said one of his most trea­sured re­cent achieve­ments was coach­ing 26-year-old Marc See to be­com­ing just the sec­ond ath­lete in WA his­tory to break the four­minute mile on home soil last year, a feat first achieved by Herb Elliott in 1958.

Purser has been nom­i­nated for Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Group’s Lo­cal Sports Stars award in the Ser­vice to Sport cat­e­gory for his ded­i­ca­tion to ath­let­ics in the Cock­burn area.

Co­ral McCooey, who nom­i­nated him, said “we just love Steve and his fam­ily to pieces”.

“They have given so much to our club and so much to our chil­dren,” she said.

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek­mu­ni­ d469156

Steven Purser has been nom­i­nated for a Ser­vice to Sport Award.

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