Written by DRB
Polytechnic Harriers is sad to confirm the death,at 83 years of age,of Life Member and former English Native Hammer Record Holder,Don Anthony
Donald William James Anthony was a significant player in the development of hammer in the UK during the 1950s;he represented Great Britain at the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne,Australia,finishing 12th;he placed 5th in the 1958 Cardiff Empire(and Commonwealth) Games;he was twice silver medalist in the AAA Champs,in 1956 & 1957;and on six occasions he improved the English Native Hammer Record. He had a legal PB of 57.94,though he is credited with competitive throws over 58metres.
In his working life,he was a renowned educationalist,journalist and a champion of Olympianism,and it is particularly sad that he was not able to see a fulfilment of his dreams of a second Olympics in London.He was awarded the MBE in 2011.
Amongst numerous sporting achievements,Don was instrumental in introducing Volleyball to the UK and was substantially involved in the formation of the first National Governing Body for the Sport in the UK.
There are extended Tributes and Obituaries on the Sports Journalists Association,Volleyball England and The Times websites.
(with thanks to VP Toomas Ojasoo,fomer Poly decathlete and pole vaulter,and also an ex-CEO of Volleyball England).
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