Finlay as coach
Wed Aug 22, 2018 01:49
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I was coached in hurdles and high jump by Finlay 52-54. Found him to be endlessly helpful, even to bringing hot sweet tea between County races. Once, in uniform, called him Don to his face as I saluted to depart after a conversation. Oops; but he just turned away. Looked forward to meeting him in later life, but was saddened to learn of his crash and paralysis. He must have been devastated...

  • Don Finlay- from apprentice to Group Captain.Paul Davies, Tue Apr 12 22:59
    This was his Spitfire, EB-Z of 51 Sqn with the Observer Corps Motif on the cockpit side. New Gate Guardian for HQ Air Command RAF Waddington. The gate guard for RAF High Wycombe. The following... more
    • Finlay as coach — Clive Shaw, Wed Aug 22 01:49
      • Finlay OlympianClive Shaw, Thu Nov 1 21:13
        Thanks for your input, Paul. Did you know that Finlay's bronze medal in 1932 came after he was assessed as coming fourth but the result was over-turned in his favour after the finish was reviewed... more
      • Donald Finlay Battle of Britain hero Olympian.Paul Davies, Thu Nov 1 14:08
        Hi Clive, amazing to be taught by this former Olympian athlete and war hero. He is mentioned in so many books about the Spitfire or the Battle of Britain and I can always picture his smile when I... more
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