Press Report: Club Pays Respects to Dan

The respected former president, senior coach and founder member of the Ellesmere Port Sports Village-based organisation, who used to live in Tarvin, passed away aged 83, in a Bath nursing home, after living with motor neurone disease for a number of years.

“It is a very sad time for everyone at West Cheshire AC because Dan was instrumental as a coach for the development of many athletes who held him in high esteem,” Club coach and official, Dennis Wall said.

“Dan devoted many voluntary hours in all weathers at the athletics track working to help and support club members to the best of his ability.

“His knowledge of athletics was infectious and he was highly respected because he wanted club members to realise their potential, enjoy the sport and strive for success.”

Many tributes have been received from West Cheshire AC members, including former England international javelin thrower, Sophie Percival: “I cant believe I’m writing this but I know a lot of peoples hearts are heavy at West Cheshire AC right now.

“I’ve never met anyone who’s worked so hard to help his athletes achieve potential, he worked tirelessly and always with a smile on his face. The last few years have been hard not seeing you, even though we know as a team you’ve always been behind us, and now you’ll be looking down on us.

“For me personally, Dan was always behind me and giving me the kick up the backside I always needed, he helped me go beyond my beliefs, achieve and succeed to a great level.

“Our Northern League round at the weekend was dedicated to you. Rest in peace legend.”

West Cheshire AC’s Northern Track and Field League squad wore black ribbons at Saturday’s fixture held at Trafford in tribute.

The funeral will take place at Haycombe Crematorium, Bath, on August 12, at 1pm. Donations are being requested for the MND Association via this link:https://www.dignityfunerals.co.uk/funeral-notices/15-07-2021-daniel-gilroy/

MACEY JONES, of West Cheshire AC, pocketed a bronze medal after achieving 4.12m in the under 13 girls long jump at the Welsh Junior Championships at Newport.

ENTRIES are now open for the Cheshire AA Track and Field Championships being held at Ellesmere Port Sports Village on Saturday and Sunday, August 21 and 22. The link for entries is: https://athletics-uk.org/cheshire/

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