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cherry alexander pays tribute to david littlewood mbe

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David Littlewood

16 March 2014

British Athletics has today lost a very dear friend. David Littlewood has sadly passed away and our thoughts go out to his family at this very sad time.

David was a remarkable man. As a volunteer in our sport, he was a loyal servant and his work impacted positively on many lives. David became ESAA Track Referee in 1976 and became ESAA Chairman in 1991 and Honorary Secretary in 1993.  There is no doubt his contribution to schools athletics helped many young athletes fulfil their dreams and he was instrumental in delivering  world class English School Championships, across all disciplines.

David was a long standing member of the IAAF Technical Committee, the International Panel of photo finish judges and an International Technical Officer. He officiated all over the world and made many friends who held him in high esteem. His athletics technical expertise and knowledge was incomparable and had a significant impact on improving our sport. A sport which David treasured.

His work for athletics transcended various Governing Bodies in the UK and he was the font of all knowledge when it came to rules from domestic to international. He was a mentor of the highest order for his colleagues. 

Overall, we have lost a very dear friend. The impact he has had on many of our lives is immeasurable.  We will all miss David very much.