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Dave Hawthorn

Monday 9 November 2015

Cardiff AAC is saddened to learn that Dave Hawthorn, a life member, coach and former team manager, passed away yesterday.

Just over a year ago Dave (69) had been diagnosed with Motor Neurone disease but was determined to carry on with his coaching and had been at the track as usual as recently as last Thursday. He was taken into hospital yesterday.

Dave had been a member of Cardiff AAC for almost thirty years and became a respected UKA Level four long and triple jump coach. Amongst his early protégées was Jayne Ludlow, who was the British under-17 record holder in the triple jump and also represented Great Britain Under-20s. Jayne eventually left athletics to become a successful footballer, captaining Arsenal ladies and Wales, and is now the Welsh ladies team manager. Dave went on to coach many athletes and, indeed, was still doing so.

Amongst his extensive list of contributions to Cardiff AAC, Dave was the British Athletics League team manager during a period that included such fine athletes as Jamie Baulch, Tim Benjamin and others. Along with his wife Enfys, he was an ever-present at club events, a member of the general committee and the initiator of the “MAD” fund raising scheme that has contributed much needed income. He had been the club’s coaching coordinator and was never short of ideas to improve the organisation and standing of the club. As a coach, he appreciated the importance of teaching young athletes good basic skills and, for many years, he organised the popular "TrackRats" that evolved into the successful Cardiff Athletics Academy. He also devised the "dragon" logo that now appears on most of the club's materials and merchandise.

For his contributions to Cardiff AAC he was made a Life Member.

Dave’s contribution went much wider than Cardiff AAC and Welsh Athletics also benefited from his time and expertise. He was regularly appointed to team manage Welsh teams at home and abroad and was the Event Coach for long and triple jump for many years, serving on the coaching and track and field committees of the governing body. In 2007 he received a well deserved Meritorious Award for services to Welsh Athletics.

Dave and Enfys were amongst a small band of Cardiff AAC enthusiasts who travelled around Europe together to the major championships and who would meet up in out of the way places to share a meal and, for the umpteenth time, to discuss how to re-organise the sport in Wales and elsewhere. They had been intending to attend the European Indoor championships in Prague earlier this year but his condition meant that they had to pull out. They also regularly attended UKA championships in Birmingham.

Dave Hawthorn had spent his professional life in education and was one of life’s genuinely nice people. He and Enfys were both hard working and extremely popular and our heartfelt condolences go to Enfys, Daniel, Catrin and all their family and friends.

Dave will be greatly missed.