Loughborough Alumni


22 Jan 2020

Alumnus and Athletics coaching guru wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Malcolm Arnold OBE was recently awarded the prestigious IOC (International Olympic Committee) Coaches Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of his outstanding work with athletes throughout his career.

The alumnus, who graduated with a degree in Physical Education in 1961, began his career as a PE teacher in Cheshire before moving to Uganda to become Director of Coaching of the Uganda Athletics Federation in 1972.

Malcolm later returned to the UK to become National Athletics Coach for Wales in 1974, followed by becoming Director of Coaching and Development UK Athletics. From 1998 until his retirement in 2016, Malcolm was Head Coach at UK Athletics Regional Performance Centre at the University of Bath.

The alumnus coached athletes from around the world in his career, including three Olympic champions: John Akii-Bua from Uganda, Mark McCoy from Canada, and Colin Jackson from Great Britain.

Sir Lawrence Clarke, one of the athletes who nominated Malcolm for the award, said:

“The people who are the most successful never tell you, because their work speaks for them. And that’s the case with Malcolm, he deserves this more than anyone. He certainly changed my life and the lives of others.”

Malcolm was also inducted into the Loughborough Sporting Hall of Fame in 2014.

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