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English Schools’ chiefs honour Dave Turner for services to sport

DAVE Turner is one of the army of unassuming volunteers without whom the sport of athletics wouldn’t exist at grass roots level so it is great to see his contribution recognition at a national level.

At their recent AGM the England Schools Athletic Association awarded Dave a Lifetime Achievement award for his work firstly with 37 years as PE teacher at Nailsea School plus at North Somerset and Avon County level, rom cross country to track and Sports Hall.

This deserved award is from his colleagues on the ESAA committee in recognition of his dedication to encourage, motivate and train young people in the sport.

Dave is a qualified coach, starter and qualified track and field official, as well as team manager to a wide variety of athletics teams.

His interest stems from personal experience as a competitor in Welsh athletics and in English Schools Championships as a youngster.

Dave spent much of his childhood in Clevedon where he was a student at St. Andrews Junior School at which one of his teachers was legendary World Bowls Champion  David Bryant.

He then moved onto Nailsea Grammar School and represented Somerset Schools at the English Schools Championships with a second and third place being the highlight, as well as honours in Welsh Games including a silver in the Welsh Senior long jump.

At St. Lukes College Dave together with Clive Smith ran the College Athletic Club as well as playing rugby. He then returned to Nailsea School where he stayed for 37 happy years as a PE teacher.

Dave is currently working with individual schools, local authorities and national athletic groups to promote the sport.