Dave awarded lifetime achievement award

PUBLISHED: 17:30 28 November 2017 | UPDATED: 17:30 28 November 2017

David Turner.

David Turner.

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Dave Turner has been awarded a lifetime achievement award by the England Schools Athletic Association.

The England Schools Athletic Association has honoured Dave Turner by awarding him a lifetime achievement award at their annual meeting in Birmingham.

The award is for a lifetime in working in schools athletics and records his dedication and involvement in all levels of schools athletics, cross country, track and field, sports hall and combined events athletics since 1967.

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

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, as well as a long distinguished rugby career.

Dave played for St Lukes College, Clevedon, Weston (250 1st XV appearances) and Somerset in the old county championship. Although not capped, he also played for an England XV against Portugal in the 1980s

Dave spent much of his childhood in Clevedon where he was a student at St Andrews Junior School, where one of his teachers was legendary world bowls champion David Bryant, who Dave remembers to be an inspiration in encouraging his athletics.

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 scond place 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 with some of the best players in the country. He returned to Nailsea School where he stayed for 37 years as a PE teacher.

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

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