|KCAA Tribute to Chris
evening of Tuesday 29th July 2014, British Athletics
and in particular KCAA lost a long standing servant
of the sport with the death of Chris Newman after a
short illness; but which had followed on from more
than a year of illness & hospital treatment through
which he carried on whenever possible.
Chris did not start his
athletics in Kent, but across the border in Sussex –
where he was a valued member of Brighton AC and of
the Sussex AAA. Particular memories are of his
running in the Junior 880 yards at the Opening
Meeting of Brighton’s Withdean Stadium in 1955, his
winning the Sussex steeplechase every year, his
performances week after week for Brighton AC’s
cross-country team and his regular presence in
Sussex teams, summer and winter.
He never lost his love for
Track & Field athletics nor Cross Country serving on
both committees within Kent for longer than most of
us can remember as well as being an active Coach &
Club member at Medway & Maidstone.
He was KCAA President in 1996
– 1997 and has therefore, from that alone, we know
he has been a member of the KCAA Council for more
than 20 years attending his last one in June when
most would have offered apologies due to ill health.
He also served at Meeting
Manager (a role he had regularly taken on over many
years) at the May 2014 Championships; I always
kidded him that he only did the job, so that as a
coach he could get a stopwatch near to his athletes,
a charge with which he happily agreed, while still
getting on with the job in hand.
He had embraced much change
over the years, being an early holder of the office
of Athletics Development Officer for Kent, in the
days when we were originally called British
Athletics and brought into Kent new ideas such as
squad days and always enthusiasm. He willingly
became one of the first members of the newly created
KCAA Executive committee where he brought his wide
knowledge & expertise and a certain wit! Enabling us
to move athletics in Kent forward with a clear club
& athlete focus.
He will be much missed by us
his “athletics” family but even more so by his
family of Hazel, Tim and Colette who he leaves
David R Ralph