Welsh Athletics is saddened to hear of the passing of Tony Elgie.
Tony was born and raised in London and joined the Royal Air Force as a Physical Training Instructor. Early in his RAF career he was stationed in Scotland where he met his late wife Margaret. He represented Scotland before being posted to St Athan. Whilst at St Athan he gained Welsh honours. He ran both the 400m and 800m finishing 2nd in the 800m in Welsh Championships in 1971 and 3rd in the 400m in 1972. His pb for 800m was 1.51.0 nearly 45 years ago!
Tony was Cardiff AAC club captain for three years 1972, 1973, 1974, when the club was Britain’s top club. He was a very popular athlete and led by example. He was a regular member of the BAL team (800m and long relay). His captaincy coincided with Cardiff being BAL champions for three consecutive years (72,73,74) and representing GB in the first ever European Clubs championship, held in Liege, Belgium. During his tenure as club captain the club also won the Pye Gold Cup with the final being held at Crystal Palace.
After retiring from the RAF he taught at Monkton House School in Cardiff and it was during his time here that he began coaching. He gained his senior coach award and looked after a multitude of athletes. He had a successful coaching career, was well-respected eventually coaching sprint relay teams at GB international level.
Following his time at Monkton House he became stadium manager at Swansea for many years.
Tony was also a lead sampling officer for the Sports Council for Wales supporting his wife Margaret who was the National Co-ordinator. He would drive the length and breadth of Wales in all weathers covering all sports that were financially supported by the now Sport Wales both in and out of competition testing.
Margaret was the secretary of the Welsh Women’s AAA before the formation of the current governing body, Welsh Athletics. She was also British Team manager and served with the late Dave Williams as Welsh Team Manager at the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh in 1986 and again in Auckland in 1990.
Tony was an outstanding servant to the RAF, Cardiff and Welsh Athletics and will be sadly missed.
Funeral at St Mary’s Church, Wenvoe Friday 24 Nov at 1.30 and afterwards at Thornhill at 3.00pm. He died on 2 Nov aged 80.