It is with great admiration (and a heavy heart) that the London Western Track & Field Club is officially announcing the retirement of John Allan from the ranks of coaching. Where does one start, when outlining his many accomplishments? John’s 30 years of coaching with LW is just the start. A dedicated high school coach at Banting SS, John worked with novice athletes, introducing them to the throws and developing their skills. He had an uncanny ability to recognize potential, nurturing and honing it to national and international levels. He has also coached Western University athletes for 25 years, contributing to the success of their program. At LW, he was the reason that several athletes earned the right to represent Canada on the international stage.
Coaching wasn’t enough though…John’s commitment to the sport was demonstrated in a knowledge base so vast, that he was a noted Learning Facilitator and mentor to upcoming coaches. John hosted annual field meets that gave athletes the opportunity to compete and to improve their techniques. John was also a registered official, making his contribution to the track & field complete.
For John though, it wasn’t about the accolades or the recognition. It was about making a difference in the life of an athlete. And that, is the mark of a truly exceptional coach. It would be accurate to say that John coached the sport, regardless of the ability of the athlete, and along the way, fostered countless relationships with his charges that continue to thrive to this day. Enough cannot be said about his personal touch, caring and thoughtful ways, and the connection to the individuals he worked with.
So, congratulations and best wishes to John, as he explores the many wonderful things that retirement will bring. The London Western Track & Field Club wishes him much happiness and would also like to extend heartfelt thanks for all that he has done over his many years of involvement. He will be missed, and his shoes will be big ones to fill!
*Please note that various celebrations were being planned to mark John’s retirement but Covid has put them on hold until a future date.