FINE LEGACY: Terry West with supporters and athletes at the naming of the Terry West Athletics Field on Saturday morning. PHOTO: JoJo Newby
FINE LEGACY: Terry West with supporters and athletes at the naming of the Terry West Athletics Field on Saturday morning. PHOTO: JoJo Newby Jojo Newby

Athletics legend has Junction Hill field named in his honour

SURREAL.

It is the only word local athletics legend Terry West can think of when he sees the sign at the athletics oval at Junction Hill's Barnier Park.

Officially unveiled by Cr Craig Howe on Saturday, the Terry West Athletics Field is a permanent reminder of West's input into the local community, and of his fine legacy.

The sign has been up for some time, but the feeling of seeing his name permanently attached to the local athletics field will never change for West.

"Every day I come here and see the sign it feels surreal," West said.

"I come down here four to five times a week and it's the same feeling every time.

"I don't think that moment will ever change."

West has trained, coached and befriended countless numbers of community members at the track over his 21 years and three months. The Grafton Athletics Club life member deflects all compliments back to those who trains, who he said gives him a reason to be there.

"I'm only here because they are," the level five athletics coach said.

"Since the day I got here, everyone's been so supportive - both in athletics and the community as a whole.

"Having the field named after me is something I never though would happen. It's incredible."

West said his wife Marianne deserves a lot of the credit in the officially naming of the field.

She waged a battle with council for months to get the naming of the field approved, jumping through or over every hoop that was thrown her way with a little help from Cr Howe.

It is not all about athletics for West, who said there were two people who have gone far in their professions. "Sue Robsen was one of the best 1500m runners," West said.

"She worked for SCU and trained a lot with me. She ended up becoming the head women's physiologist for the US Ski Team at the Olympics.

"Scott Mitchell is another one. "He persisted with his running and ended up winning the Hawaiian half marathon as well as being named one of the top physiologists at Lords in the UK."



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