Date(s) - 4th December 2023
Title of Talk: The Life and Times of Great Britain’s Premier Athletics Coach
By Malcom Arnold OBE
Born in Davenham and an old Verdinian, Malcolm Arnold trained athletes from all around the world over a career that spanned almost 60 years until he retired in 2016. He trained three Olympic champions, from Uganda, Canada and Great Britain. His athletes held world records in the 60m hurdles, the 110m hurdles, the 200m hurdles and the 400m hurdles. Malcom’s career began as a physical education teacher, before heading to Uganda to become the Head Coach of the Athletics Federation. He led John Akii-Bua to African history when John became Africa’s first Olympic champion at Munich 1972. Malcolm then headed British Athletics, and was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by the Queen in 2012 for services to athletics.
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