It is with great sadness that Athletics Victoria announces the passing of Dr Brian Hodgson.
Brian served Athletics Victoria as President (1989 – 1994) and Vice President (1984 – 1989). Brian involved himself in the sport in many areas – as an accomplished coach, as a fine administrator and as a highly regarded technical official.
Brian commenced his involvement as a coach and his passion for the sport saw him instrumental in the founding of the Australian Track & Field Coaches Association, the body that introduced a formal structure for the education of coaches within Australia.
He was a regular technical official at state competitions in Victoria but also travelled around the country to assist at national events.
Brian’s skills were quickly recognised, particularly his ability to resolve protests and issues in a methodical manner. He was appointed as a track umpire for the 1996 World Juniors in Sydney and then rose through the ranks to be chosen as assistant track referee for the 2000 Olympic Games and as combined events referee for the Paralympics.
The following year he was assistant chief umpire for both the Goodwill Games in Brisbane and the IAAF Grand Prix Final in Melbourne.
Brian was a lecturer in Microbiology at the University of Melbourne and his intellect, coupled with his passion were instrumental in his strong guidance of the Association over many years.
He was awarded Life Membership of Athletics Victoria in 1991 and then in 1994, was awarded Life membership of Athletics Australia.