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VALE John Daly OAM
Date: 13 Mar 2018
 
n behalf of ATFCA, it is with much sadness that I advise the athletics community of the passing of renowned coach Professor John A Daly OAM, after a battle with illness. John was devastated at the passing of his wife Judy in November 2017 and never recovered. A professor and head of department of Physical Education at the University of South Australia, John was instrumental in positioning this course as a valuable field of academia. He was a visionary and led the field in Physical Education and all things Olympic. John Gormley, one of John’s peers at the University said “John’s character, his well lived life and the positive and highly significant contribution he made to many speak for themselves. John's contribution as an athlete, coach, official, sports educator and mentor leaves an amazing legacy in South Australia and across the world. Before moving into coaching, John was a member of the local Adelaide Harriers Club. As a coach, John was appointed into many coaching and selection roles including within the Olympic Games Teams (1976, 1980, 1984, 1988 and 1992), Commonwealth Games Team in 1974, IAAF World Championships Teams (1983 and 1991) and IAAF World Cup Teams (1975, 1979, 1981 and 1989). He also coached a number of athletes to international representation – actually he coached and touched many an athlete’s lives - from state to national to international athletes. Verna Bernard, who now lives overseas, says she remembers John as a dedicated and progressive coach who was highly regarded by all on national teams he managed and coached. His contribution to the development of athletics in Australia and in particular, women’s athletics, was ahead of his time. As athletes under his tutelage, we were particularly lucky. Lisa Ondieki, silver medallist in Seoul Marathon said of John, “John was truly a great man of the rarest kind. How fortunate we were, all of us who found ourselves under his tutelage, to have our lives and careers shaped not just by his knowledge of athletics or academia, but even more so by his imparted belief that we are what we think we are -- so think positive, and think big! The environment John nurtured in his training group allowed me, a shy, skinny, little girl from Gawler, to find the courage and freedom to dream my biggest dreams without fear of ridicule, to dare to try, and not be afraid of setbacks along the way. I am forever grateful to John for that. Sometimes when I think back on my life and my greatest athletic achievements (winning NY Marathon / Olympic silver in Seoul) I wonder, "Whatever possessed me to think I could achieve those ridiculously lofty goals?" The answer is, "JD”. What a great man indeed.” To me, John was my world. He was a professor, he was a husband, a dad, an incredible coach, a mentor, a motivator, a manager, a scientist, an artist, an administrator, a publicity agent, a writer BUT MOST OF ALL he was A FRIEND. He was godfather to my daughter Jess. He was always there. He wasted no time. He welcomed conversation, he was wise, influential, a great leader, reliable and an absolute gentleman. I was introduced to JD through Chris (Nunn) – who in turn was introduced through Lance Rosser. The rest is history. I adored him – our work ethic together, and the commitment to achieve the best we could. I was better because of him. Our union was an example of what an athlete/coach relationship should be and how it can end in a lifelong relationship. There is much more I can say but will leave that to the day we celebrate his life. John was instrumental in facilitating the amalgamation of men and women's athletic associations, as well as establishing the Australian Track and Field Coaches Association. John was also a founding member of the Australian Coaching Council, chairman of the Council's Technical Committee which introduced a national coaching accreditation scheme, and was a Board member of the Australian Institute of Sport from 1981 to 1985. So his passing is not just a personal loss to myself and other former athletes coached by John, but one that is shared by members of the coaching community at large. He will be greatly missed. Rest in peace, John. All our love to Siobhan and Amanda, his daughters. Glynis Nunn-Cearns ATFCA
 
 
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VALE John Daly OAM
Date: 13 Mar 2018
On behalf of ATFCA, it is with much sadness that I advise the athletics community of the passing of renowned coach Professor John A Daly OAM, after a battle with illness. John was devastated at the passing of his wife Judy in November 2017 and never recovered.
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