Athletics West is saddened to announce the passing of Life Member Robert ‘Bob’ Chalmers.
Bob was a stalwart of the athletics community in WA for more than 50 years and had been involved in the sport at every level. From being involved in Rockingham Little Athletics Centre’s formation to coaching future Olympians in High Jump, or officiating at National and International events; Bob’s enthusiasm, professionalism and passion was unrivalled.
Officiating at a number of significant events, Bob’s career included officiating at the Commonwealth Games, World Para Championships, World Masters Championships, Oceania Championships and numerous National and State Championships.
In recognition of his outstanding service, Bob received multiple awards for his volunteer work including the SportWest Service to Sport Award and induction into the Little Athletics Australia Roll of Excellence. Bob was also a recipient of the Australian Sports Award during the year 2000, as Sydney hosted the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Medal was awarded by the Australian Governor-General and recognised those whose efforts have made Australia a nation of sporting excellence.
“His bright and caring approach to the sport endeared him to people of all ages. Whether it was in the Fred Napier Room over a cup of tea or out on the field at the High Jump competition, Bob was always happy to be involved and often the first to arrive,” said Vince Del Prete, Athletics West CEO
“He went above and beyond to make sure athletes were well taken of, and I know that many in our community will have fond memories of him as a coach and official. We will miss his presence greatly and thank him for his outstanding service to our sport.”
To celebrate and acknowledge Bob’s life, Athletics West will be conducting a moment of silence at this weekend’s Australian Masters Games.
On behalf of the Athletics West Board and the wider community, we would like to pass on our deepest condolences to Bob’s family and friends at this time.
More information about the funeral service to celebrate the life of Robert ‘Bob’ Chalmers will be at a later date.