THE athletics fraternity has gone into mourning following the news of the passing of Lithgow’s Eric Arnold at the age of 88 years.
Eric held many positions with NSW Athletics and also Lithgow Little Athletics.
He was honoured with life membership from both these organisations along with Central Tablelands Little Athletics.
In 2003, Eric was awarded the Order of Australia Medal and officiated at the Para Olympic Games, at the Sydney Olympics, the NSW Disadvantage Games and the NSW Vets-Masters.
For many decades, Eric would make himself available to help out local school athletics carnivals and also swimming carnivals where he would act as a starter or any other position which would help out with the running of the day.
He would turn up in rain, hail and shine, he loved being with the young athletes and was always on hand to offer advice and helpful tips to the competitors.
Eric was a former school teacher at the Lithgow Primary School before retiring and then continued his love of athletics covering thousands of kilometres all over the country acting as an official at athletic carnivals.
He was also a valued member of the Lithgow Sports Council and was inducted into the Lithgow Sporting Hall of Fame for his services to sport and was a National Referee and Chief of Field Events for NSW.
Eric was a regular at the Lithgow Flash Gift and was a popular figure with all of the competitors and he will be sorely missed by one and all.
The Little Athletics Club wish Eric’s family and friends their condolences and share their sadness on his passing.