Ipswich’s Mr Athletics is a good sport

VIC PASCOE has never expected nor sought praise for his services to athletics, as a coach or administrator.

Back in 2011 he was shocked and humbled when he was named Ipswich Citizen of the Year at the Australia Day awards.

The award back then recognised his dedication to young athletes as the leader of the Ipswich Athletics Club a role he has never walked away from.

His citizenship award has been proudly displayed at his Thorn Street home for 13 years and now his framed certificate has a friend to share its position on the shelf with.

Vic was just named the Queensland Good Sports Volunteer of the Year, an award which recognises those who have shown outstanding commitment to building healthy and inclusive club environments.

Ipswich Athletics club secretary, Theresa Stolberg, said the award was fitting recognition for the man who has been the backbone of their club for many years.

“He is loved and admired by all who meet him, he is at every single function, event and presentation without fail,” she said.

“Not only does he attend all local meets, he self-funds himself to all national and international meets, to support our local athletes in action.

“If one of our club members has won a medal, Vic will be there to proudly get their photo and show support to them and their family.

“He is also there to inspire those who may not win a medal but have achieved a personal best performance,” Theresa said. 

Vic goes about his daily chores training young athletes, setting up the field for meetings, writing the newsletter or even getting behind the club barbecue without any fuss.

It has never been a duty or obligation, it’s his passion and quite frankly he’d probably be lost if he wasn’t making his regular trip down to the Ipswich athletics track in Limestone Park.

There is nothing else he would rather be doing.

Pascoe, born and bred in Ipswich, was an elite athlete before he was a coach and competed at Brisbane A grade level until he was 45.

He made national finals in the 400m in 1973-74 and ran second in the qualifying for the 1974 Auckland Commonwealth Games.

The man who beat him ran sixth in the Games final.

It was probably the most disappointing moment of his career but Pascoe shows no hint of regret or disappointment.

Rather, he is a man content with what his sport has given him and is happy to give as much back as he can.

It is that spirit of giving and sharing that gives Pascoe such pleasure and has endeared him to so many of Ipswich’s finest athletes over the past 40 plus years.

The greatest reward Pascoe gets comes from seeing his young athletes achieve personal bests and the enjoyment that brings to both athlete and coach.

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