'Father' of SA athletics dies

2013-08-22 09:22
Athletics (File)
Cape Town - Well-known South African athletics administrator, writer and statistician, Gert le Roux, passed away in Pretoria over the weekend.

He was 78.

Le Roux was involved for 50 consecutive years in the publication of the SA Athletics Annual, as well as the publication of the SA Athletics Statisticians (SAAS), of which he was the editor for many years.

"Oom Gert", as he was often called, was renowned for his painstaking compilation of the sport’s history and statistics.

In 1995, the IAAF honoured Le Roux with its Veteran of the IAAF award and he is included in SA Breweries’ Hall of Fame of SA sports journalism.

In a statement on its website, the IAAF hailed Le Roux for his contribution to athletics.

"The IAAF is very saddened to learn of the death of Gert le Roux, from South Africa, who died at the age of 78 on Saturday.

"Le Roux was a hugely respected and much loved administrator, writer and statistician; and a contributor for a number of years to the IAAF website," read the statement.

Le Roux is survived by two sons, Gerrie and Otto, and three grandchildren.

His wife of 54 years, Theo, passed away earlier this year.

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