With great sadness, we wish to notify the members of the athletics community of the sudden passing of Gayle Anderson.
Gayle, a member of Malvern and an inductee into the Malvern Hall of Fame, began her athletics career as an athlete – a heptathlete competing both at Victorian and Tasmanian State Championships. She became an Official when her Club required assistance on the field and has had 28 years as an Athletics Victoria Official, assisting the athletes and mentoring other Officials. Her knowledge of the sport streamed across both track and field, but she loved having a gun in her hand starting a race. Gayle was awarded Official of the year in 2013.
Gayle’s officiating took her to many Oceania islands assisting the local Officials and enjoying the camaraderie of her fellow Officials. She spent time in the Cook Islands educating the Officials and helping the athletes.
Gayle has been a mentor to many Victorian Officials over the years. Perhaps Gayle’s greatest delight was in seeing her beloved Dees (Melbourne) win the AFL flag again.
Gayle will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with Gayle’s Family and friends, including many in the Athletics Community, at this difficult time.
May you rest in peace, Gayle.