15 April 2019
VALE: Ron White
By Glynis Nunn-Cearns
It is with the deepest of sympathy that I write this item to advise the passing of one of ATFCA’s most long serving state Presidents. Ron White, who has been involved with the Australian Track and Field Coaches Association since its inception (1974) passed away yesterday unexpectedly. While attending the memorial of a friend he was giving a tribute and collapsed.
Ron was the current Vice President and Coaching Coordinator at Hills District Athletics Club. He was the longest serving official of the Hills club, with over 45 years’ experience in Track and Field coaching. A level 5 coach (Master), Ron had been the President of the ATFCA NSW Branch for over twenty years. He was also a coach associated with the NSW Institute of Sport, the Western Academy of Sport and the Westfield Sports High School. Ron was a most valuable contributor to all coaching courses held in New South Wales and mentored many young coaches who now help other athletes achieve their dreams.
Ron was one of Australia’s most respected coaches having coached athletes to state, national and international competitions including the Commonwealth and Olympic Games. As Jumps coach at Westfields Sports High over the past twenty-five (25) years he has helped to produce numerous state and national champions. He has worked with NSWIS as Pole Vault coach for many years and was awarded a Life Membership of ANSW for his vast services to the sport we all love.
Only recently, last week, at the National championships held in Sydney, Ron coached athletes to two gold, silver and bronze medals.
Other athletes he has coached to help achieve international representation are 1998 World Junior Championship high jumper Darrel Muzyczka, nine-time State Championship winning triple jumper Tim Barnes, 400m hurdler and 2000 Olympian Stephanie Price. Ron also touched the life of 400m hurdle world champion Jana Pittman early in her career. Athletes, currently in Ron’s stable include 2004 National Schools 100m hurdles champion Leo Dulay, Australian representative decathlete Kyle Cranston, rising heptathlete Jo Waring, and an experienced line up including Anna Ugov, Katelyn Grehan, Darren Boulet, Nathan Bates and Jessica Fisher. Ron travelled extensively throughout Australia and the world supporting the many athletes who have been under his charge.
It goes without saying that Ron will always be a huge part of the athletics community to Sydney and New South Wales. Ron has led the ATFCA state branch through some tough years of recent times and continued to hold coaching courses to help the many developing coaches in the state. A strong advocate for the Association, Ron’s legacy will be the fight to again become a deliverer of knowledgeable and worthwhile education courses.
Further information about Ron’s funeral and memorial service will be advised when final details have been organised.