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Awarded for service to Sport and Recreation
Entered on roll: 2013
An exceptional athlete and coach who taught young athletes how to enjoy sport and do their best.
Fay Denholm (nee Green) has been a significant contributor to Tasmanian athletics for over 40 years. This contribution has been as a State athlete, coach and administrator.
As an athlete, Fay was an excellent sprinter. She won Tasmanian titles at 100, 200 and 400 metres and represented the State on many occasions at National Championships.
As a coach, Fay was fearless undertaking challenges not previously tackled by Tasmanian women in athletics. She was one of the first to prepare athletes to compete in the State's 'professional' running circuit - until then the exclusive domain of male trainers.
Fay guided the paths of countless young men and women, of all levels of ability, through athletics. Many athletes Fay trained went on to represent their State. Some of these athletes represented Australia. Through Fay's support and advice, athletes have been able to enjoy their sport and achieve their best.
Fay worked almost exclusively as a volunteer but she also ensured she was best prepared to guide her charges by gaining relevant coaching qualifications. She has been a mentor to developing coaches as well as a lecturer and demonstrator on coaching courses.
Fay's coaching has been recognised both at the national and state levels by Athletics Tasmania, the Tasmanian Athletics League, the Sports Carnivals Association of Tasmania and the Australian Athletic Confederation.
As an administrator, Fay followed in the footsteps of her late mother, Myrtle Green, and rose through the Newstead Women's Harrier Club, Northern Women's Combined Clubs, the Northern Branch of Athletics Tasmania and became Deputy President of Athletics Tasmania. In 2005, Fay was awarded Life Membership of Athletics Tasmania.
Fay's 40 years of service to the sport was recognised by Athletics Australia through its Platinum Service Award.