Olympic pioneer Anthony receives BOA's ultimate award

Monday, 12 November 2012
By Mike Rowbottom

BOA-Lifetime-Award don anthony 13November 12 - British Olympic hammer thrower Don Anthony, who died earlier this year, has received the British Olympic Association's (BOA) Lifetime Achievement Award.

Anthony's wife Jadwiga (pictured top, centre) and son Marek (pictured top, left) received the award on his behalf in London from the outgoing BOA chairman, Colin Moynihan (pictured top, right).

"This is the ultimate accolade that we at the BOA can present," said Moynihan.

"Don was a great character who made an outstanding contribution to Olympism and he would have been immensely proud of many things during the Games this year, how sport inspired a country and left memories that all of us will savour for the rest of our lives."

Long-time BOA secretary general Dick Palmer, who worked closely with Don for over three decades, added: "His influence on the BOA was profound.

"Few educators have made a greater contribution than he did."

Don Anthony threw the hammer for Great Britain at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne and was an enthusiastic member of the Hammer Circle throughout the decadeDon Anthony threw the hammer for Britain at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne and was an enthusiastic member of the Hammer Circle throughout the decade

Anthony represented Great Britain in the hammer at the Melbourne 1956 Olympics and founded the English Volleyball Association, but his life's work was as a pioneer of Olympic Education.

A prolific writer responsible for uncovering much of Britain's Olympic heritage, he worked closely with UNESCO and was a driving force in the development of Olympic Solidarity.

He taught Physical Education, most notably at Avery Hill College and Loughborough University, and well into his later years supported the introduction of the Coubertin Awards, which focused on sport and ethics with the International Pierre de Coubertin Committee.

The gathering at the BOA Headquarters reflected his friends in many walks of life.

These included De Coubertin's great nephew Antoine de Navacelle and television commentator Paul Dickenson, a fellow member of the "Hammer Circle" which has established an Olympic award in Anthony's honour.

Contact the writer of this story at mike.rowbottom@insidethegames.biz


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