Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame member Dave Lyon, a Winnipeg native prominent in track and field nationally and internationally, has passed away.
As a coach, club executive and organizer, Lyon was involved in both Winnipeg versions of the Pan Am Games in 1967 and 1999, as well as with Canada’s national team at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles (1984), Seoul (1988), Barcelona (1992) and Sydney (2000)
The career high-school teacher emphasized the blending of academic and athletics, including helping to organize and manage the provincial high school championships for many years.
Lyon also worked as a volunteer in many capacities with Athletics Manitoba as a board member and director of athletics.
Lyon’s own track career included time at Oklahoma Baptist University as a two-mile champion. He placed fourth in the U.S. nationals in 1961 and took up his other interests in the sport after a career-ending injury.
In 1981, Lyon was recognized as the volunteer of the decade and was inducted into the province’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1991.
A memorial service honouring Lyon will be announced soon.