Lynn Davies' Story
Lynn Davies’ US Fellowship gave him valuable insights into best practice in athletics coaching.
Lynn was a lecturer in physical education, Olympic gold medallist in the long jump, European champion and twice Commonwealth Games champion when he applied for his Fellowship in 1970.
He travelled to America to observe and better understand the coaching of athletics over a four week period. He visited universities across the West Coast including California, Berkeley and Oregon and met with athletes, coaches and administrators. During this time he investigated a range of areas, including teaching methods, administration, facilities and recent trends in the sport.
During his Fellowship, Lynn was particularly struck by the way in which the scholarship programme enabled talented young American sportsmen and women to achieve their potential. For four years the athletes on scholarships enjoyed excellent facilities with medical and physio support, top class coaching from the professional coaches based at the University, competition with the other Universities every weekend and the opportunity to gain a degree for their future employment.
There was no comparative system in the UK at the time, and in the various positions Lynn became involved with following his Fellowship, he worked hard to ensure that young sportsmen and women had access to a supportive environment where they too could achieve their full potential.
Lynn went on to become Trustee of the Welsh and the UK Sports Aid Foundations, as well as working with the Sports Council for Wales. From 1979 -1984 he was Team Manager to Great Britain’s Athletics Team, and for the past 10 years has been President of UK Athletics. In 2006 he received the CBE for services to athletics.
Lynn was also a WCMT Council member from 1985 – 1993.