July 24, 2003 by

John Davies


Categories: Sports

jdavies.jpgJohn Davies, the president of the New Zealand Olympic Committee, died on July 21 of cancer. He was 65.
Davies was born in London, but moved to New Zealand in 1953. He dedicated his life to running, and competed in both local and national events.
In 1964, Davies won a bronze medal in the 1,500-meter dash at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. He was training for a second shot at the gold when he hurt his Achilles tendon, an injury that ended his running career.
Undaunted, Davies turned to coaching and led the New Zealand team at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul. He also trained Dick Quax, who won a silver medal at the 1976 Olympics, and Anne Audain, who took home the gold at the 1982 Commonwealth Games.
Three years ago, Davies was named president of the New Zealand Olympic Committee, a position he held until his death.

2 Responses to John Davies

  1. Chris Davies

    John Davies,
    Was my Uncle his dedication to the furthering of athletics will always be remembered with me and the rest of his family. With the location of his brother’s family in the US we did not get a chance to see him very often, but I will always remember his bright quiet determination.

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