By Philip Barker
SJA member Don Anthony has been honoured with the International Olympic Committee award for “Sport and Promotion of Olympism.”
He received the trophy from IOC member the Princess Royal at the annual meeting of the British Olympic Association held in London yesterday.
“He has dedicated his entire life to the Olympic movement, not only through his own sporting career but also through his profile as an internationally recognised sports historian, teacher and writer.”
Anthony represented Great Britain as a hammer thrower in the 1956 Olympics. He was also a founder of the English Volleyball Association.
An academic who has taught physical education at Loughborough, Manchester and London, Anthony was a regular contributor to World Sports magazine and the Olympic Review, and is notable as the biographer of Lord Phillip Noel Baker, who is unique in having won an Olympic medal and the Nobel Peace Prize.
Anthony was one of the first Englishmen to attend the renowned Sports Hochschule in Cologne and he has also worked closely with the IOC Solidarity Programme and with Unesco.