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1 Vale Norm Osborne on Fri Jul 01, 2016 9:52 am


Very nice tribute to Norm Osborne in the AA Coaching newsletter. Great bloke Norm, and its sad to hear another great coach has passed away.

Vale Norm Osborne OAM
Athletics Australia recognises the devoted and exemplary service given to the sport by its esteemed Life Member, Norm
Osborne OAM who passed away on Friday, 26 June 2016.

Norm was a guru coach – initially, as was the custom of the time, for a long period as a volunteer and then as opportunities
in sport in Australia expanded also in a professional capacity.

began his career in track and field in 1948 as an athlete with his lifetime club, St Stephens Harriers for 15 seasons in
summer competition, mainly in high jump and hurdles. He also dabbled in cross-country. He was a state championship
finalist and team/relay medallist in both aspects of the sport.

Norm began his illustrious career in coaching a year before retiring as a competitor in 1963, not only working directly with
athletes but in numerous capacities in coach education and administration from club to international level.
He was a proud club coach of St Stephens from 1962 to 1984 when he took up his appointment at the Australian Institute of
Sport in Canberra.

He was a committee member of the Victorian Branch of the Australian Track and Field Coaches Association, also serving
as its president. Nationally Norm was a key member of Athletics Australia’s National Coaching Committee and took on various
roles as a national event coach including for the 4x400m Relay and as national group director for sprints and hurdles.
Upon his retirement from the AIS roles, after setting up and establishing Melbourne as a satellite base for the AIS track
and field program, Norm became a National Coaching Consultant and furthered his work with the IAAF and the Oceania
Regional Development Centre delivering numerous courses as a lecturer on IAAF coaching courses in Australia, Asia and
Oceania, also continuing as a personal coach to many.

He co-ordinated and wrote the sprints and relays section of the ATFCA coaching manual.

Norm’s talents as a team official and coach were widely respected and acknowledged and often wore the green and gold
as a result. Amongst other appointments, he was Head Coach of Australia’s Pacific Conference Games teams in 1977, 1981
and 1985 and a coach in the athletics section at the 1978 and 1986 Commonwealth Games and of the 1979 Oceania World

Whilst he held a distinguished record coaching Australia’s best, Norm’s ability to work with emerging athletics was equally
regarded and was often sought out to accompany and guide them on their initial international experiences such as with the
European Under 23 Tour in 1979, the USA/Canada Under 20 Tour of 1984, the 1985 Australia Games and the 1992 Espoirs
Tour to Great Britain.

Such was the breadth of Norm’s skills he was often requested to act both as manager and coach, particularly with development
teams to Asia from 1989 to 1993. They were talents he had developed himself at an early stage of his own career
having acted as a team captain, team manager, selector and committeeman with St Stephens, as a Victorian Cross-Country
Selector, manager of the Victorian marathon team in 1978 and of an Australian road team to the Philippines in1980.
Norm’s service to athletics has been widely acknowledged in numerous ways including life membership of ATFCA (Victoria),
the AA Centenary Diploma in 1997 and the Athletics Victoria 50 years service award in 2001.

The Merit Award of Oceania Athletics was bestowed in 2001 whilst Life Membership of Athletics Australia was forthcoming
in 2009.

Norm was especially proud, since it is determined by peers, to have been the inaugural recipient in 1994 of the Henri
Schubert Award which acknowledges distinguished service to Australian athletics in different ways, but particularly in the
field of coach education.

The nation recognised Norm’s devotion and service to athletics, particularly through coaching and coach education programs,
with the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2004. Whilst his commitment from the grass roots of sport upwards had
not gone un-noticed when he was the recipient in 1995 of Leader Newspapers’ “Services to Sport Award”.

Norm Osborne was a master coach and coach educator. He guided athletes to represent Australia at Olympic Games, Commonwealth
Games, World Championships, World Indoor Championships and World Junior Championships as well as coaching
their colleagues from other nations including Canada, Great Britain and Papua New Guinea. Masters and para-athletes
were amongst his diverse squad membership over time.

There are too many of his charges to acknowledge all but they included Rick Mitchell (Olympic silver and Commonwealth
gold), Mike Hillardt (World Indoor gold), Rohan Robinson (World Under 20 gold) and Margaret Crowley (Olympics fifth placegetter).

Norm’s funeral service will be held on Friday 1 July at 2.00pm at Tobin Brothers Threads of Life Chapel, 294 Burwood Highway
East Burwood, Victoria.
[Prepared by Paul Jenes and Brian Roe]

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