*In memory of coach Mike Smith

MIKE SMITH 1929 – 2017

Mike Smith

The sad news of the passing of the UK’s greatest long sprint coach Mike Smith on 8th March has been widely reported. His life will be celebrated on Friday 24 March in Southampton with a crematorium service for family and close friends in the morning followed by a memorial celebration in Southampton Central Hall at 14.00 hrs. 

With so many fond memories of shared times with this engaging stalwart of our sport when Mike worked with T&FT at training camps in Portugal over many years it was easy to understand how he inspired so many athletes to optimise their talent. That Donna, Todd, Roger, Kris and Iwan head the roll call of his 400m production line is just a part of the story. He made so many less talented athletes reach goals they could not have imagined and did so much for the sport at club as well as international level. It was a privilege to have known and worked with him.