It gives us great pleasure to hear that Liverpool Harriers Vice President George Bunner MBE has been inducted into the England Athletics Hall of Fame.

The creator of Sportshall Athletics, and club member since around 1950 received his award alongside 8 others in a special awards evening hosted by England Athletics.

You can read the full news article HERE.

From the article:

George Bunner was a Liverpool Harriers who won the AAA Junior 880 yards title in 1950. He became Managing Director of one of the largest electrical contractors in the North West of England. In 1971 his interest in athletics was revived. Together with some friends he formed an athletic club in his hometown in Cheshire, and amongst other things, revived the celebrated Frodsham Hill Races. Since 1976 thousands of youngsters, including such future international stars as Robbie Grabarz and Denise Lewis, have enjoyed their first taste of the sport in Sportshall Athletics, the brainchild of George. Realising that traditional track and field would not necessarily suit primary school pupils, he created Sportshall Athletics as an enjoyable way for children to try running, jumping and throwing activities in a safe indoor environment. The programme became so popular that a competition format was developed and the first UK Championships were staged in 1980. Startrack was another of his initiatives.

Recognised worldwide as a leading authority on the development of children’s athletics, he left the engineering profession in 1992 to work within the sport on a full-time but voluntary basis. Among his initiatives have been the World Marathon Challenge. Last year more than 50,000 children from over 60 countries took part – another example of this inductees massive contribution to our sport. His latest venture is the Med Ball Challenge, a great way to introduce safe throwing techniques to children. In 2002 in recognition of his services to athletics, he was awarded the MBE. Twelve years later, aged 82, he remains an inspirational driving force within our sport.

Kelly Sotherton and Jamie Baulch both paid tribute to George Bunner on his induction saying that were it not for him they may well never have become involved in the sport.

George summarised his philosophy to the sport and all that he has introduced, “If people enjoy what they are doing they become good.”