Bill Bushnell

Bill Bushnell, who coached regularly for Hampshire Schools as well as for his club Southampton AC, passed away on 22nd April.

The following tribute was received from his daughter Debbie Callaway:

It is with great sadness that I am writing to advise of the recent passing of my father, Bill Bushnell. Bill was a throws coach of some distinction, who moved to Southampton in 2004, having previously coached for over 35 years in Essex. Bill was a charismatic and determined individual who loved most sports, but in particular had a long lasting passion for athletics, firstly as an international javelin thrower himself, and then as a highly successful throws coach. A former teacher, Bill was also renowned for his humour and entertaining stories about life, sport and education.

Bill willingly gave so much of his time to help and inspire throwers of all ages and abilities to succeed and reach their full potential. He installed a great work ethic and competitiveness into his athletes, teaching them how to both win and lose with humility and dignity. Despite suffering significant ill-health during his 70's, Bill never lost his considerable enthusiasm for our sport, and would still be seen regularly at the side of a run up or throwing circle, three of four times a week, both winter and summer in all weathers.

It has been heart-warming for my mum and I to be reminded of the huge positive influence that Bill has had over so many young people, and we thank you for all your well-wishes.

Bill's funeral took place on 17 May and the following website has been set up in tribute to him: