After 16 years of service Malcolm Duncan is leaving for Melbourne with a lot of fond memories of his involvement in Shepparton Little Athletics.OLIVER CAFFREY December 24, 2013 4:10am
Malcolm Duncan was joined by young athletes for his last meet at Shepparton Little Athletics before moving to Melbourne.
Malcolm Duncan might be leaving Shepparton Little Athletics after 16 years at the club, but he leaves a lasting legacy to the sport in the region.
Duncan will still be involved in track and field when he moves to Melbourne next year after recently becoming engaged, but his involvement will be sorely missed within the athletics community.
He took on a number of different roles during his time at the club, including president, secretary and head coach.
Duncan said he had always had a love for athletics after being involved as a junior.
‘‘I started at the club when my daughters (Emily and Michaela) got involved in about 1998, I always have had an interest in it having done little athletics myself,’’ Duncan said.
‘‘They’re (daughters) still competing at senior level, but I enjoyed the atmosphere so much that I want to remain there (little athletics) and keep helping out.’’
It wasn’t always about seeing athletes run or jump to glory, but Duncan said the success of district people had been an extra bonus.
‘‘There has been plenty of highlights, like seeing my daughters compete and seeing the enjoyment they got out of it,’’ he said.
‘‘We’ve had some great success, I’ve coached kids to medals at state championships, which is always a thrill, and seeing some of the relay teams do well was great.’’
Along with his role at little athletics, Duncan played a crucial role in the formation of Goulburn Valley Athletics Club two years ago, where he also competed.
Although the club went into recess a couple of months ago due to a lack of numbers, Duncan is hopeful of it being revived again once a new sporting complex is built at McEwen Reserve in coming years.
‘‘We just didn’t have the interest in it; we needed 15 people committed before the start of the season and we just didn’t get that,’’ he said.
‘‘I’m very sad to be leaving the area, but I’m excited for a new start in Melbourne and I’m looking to still be involved in athletics there.’’
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