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  • July 10, 2019
    导出博客文章Canadian coaching has lost one of its leaders, and the sport of track and field
    one of its most eloquent voices. Geoff Gowan died in Halifax on Thursday night
    at the age of 83 after a lengthy struggle with Parkinsons disease. Gowan was a
    member of both the Order of Canada and Canadas Sports Hall of Fame, and to track
    and field fans was an articulate broadcaster who "could turn a phrase as easily
    as any Olympian clears a hurdle," said longtime CBC producer Terry Ludwick. "He
    taught Canadians how to watch track and field," said Ludwick, now a broadcasting
    executive with the CBC. "He could sum up victory and defeat in such human terms,
    but with technical expertise that could be understood by a schoolboy or
    schoolgirl. And he had such a great sense of humour and great appreciation for
    the athletes that he covered. His articulation was such that its almost
    difficult to watch track and field now without hearing a British voice." The
    native of Ravenglass, England, travelled the globe covering track and field,
    covering countless Olympics and world championships. Ludwick remembers being in
    the broadcast boost with Gowan for the high jump at one particular meet. "We
    showed three or four replays for each competitor. One particular athlete went
    over and they werent successful and the bar went down. And we showed three or
    four replays, and towards the last one Geoff said And no matter how many times
    we show this replay, the bar will not stay up," Ludwick recalled, with a laugh.
    Gowan also dedicated much of his life to coaching development, and was technical
    director and president of the Coaching Association of Canada from 1972 to 96. In
    his 25 years with the national organization, he was instrumental in developing
    the National Coaching Certification Program, considered to be among the best
    coaching education programs in the world, and the program that has helped
    developed more than a million Canadian coaches. "Geoff was an outstanding leader
    in Canadian sport, and influenced thousands of athletes, coaches, and colleagues
    in sport management and the media. He has been a friend, role model, and mentor
    to myself and many others in Canadian sport, and will be deeply missed," CAC
    chief executive officer John Bales said in a statement. A lasting tribute to
    Gowans leadership is the annual Geoff Gowan Award, which recognizes lifetime
    contribution to coaching development. Many of Canadas top coaches have won the
    award, including Jack Donahue, Doug Clement, Al Morrow, Donald Dion, Charles
    Cardinal, Andy Higgins, Tim Frick, Allison McNeill, Lyle Sanderson, Dru Marshall
    and Keith Russell. "He was a really gracious human being," Ludwick said. "As a
    coach, he understood that in everyone there was a champion that could be coaxed
    out in whatever walk of life they were." Longtime CBC broadcaster Steve Armitage
    remembered Gowan as a tireless worker who could put in gruelling 13 and 14-hour
    days without showing the slightest bit of fatigue. Gowan worked alongside the
    late Don Wittman covering track and field for 26 years, making for what Armitage
    called "one of the great combinations in Canadian broadcasting history." "He and
    Don (who died of cancer in 2008) really prided themselves in never having an
    argument," Armitage said. "Geoff was so good. He was, in his delivery and in his
    vocabulary, almost Churchillian," Armitage added. "He would say things and he
    would say it in such a manner that after you heard it you would just go Wow. How
    did he come up with that? And his wasnt the shotgun, machine-gun approach to
    play-by-play. He would use his words sparingly and let the action tell the
    story." Longtime CBC sportscaster Mark Lee was similarly impressed with Gowans
    spine-tingling delivery. "His voice crackled with authority when he called track
    and field," Lee said. "His choice of words was so poetic, and his English accent
    gave him that distinguished quality that really separated him from the rest of
    the broadcasters. He was such a scholarly man when it came to track and field. .
    . but his ability to use his knowledge and distill it into 10 seconds of
    sterling broadcast quality with a delivery that came right out of Madison Avenue
    -- he was a really remarkable person that way." Lee remembers being Gowans
    partner in the booth for one of Donovan Baileys world championship 100-metre
    victories -- Donovan won the 100 metres at both the 1995 world championships and
    96 Olympics. "During the replay, right from the blocks when the gun went off,
    Geoff counted off One. . . two. . . three. . . four. . . five. . . six. .
    .seven. . . eight. . . nine. . . 10, and I started leaning into the monitor to
    watch this," Lee recalled. "He got up to 44 and Donovan crossed the finish line
    and Geoff said, 44 steps: the first 10 with the explosion of a race engine and
    the next 15 accelerating leanly and smoothly, with the gait of a gazelle, and
    then relaxing through the last 10, or whatever. "But he counted every stride to
    the finish line. And at the end he said 44 strides to victory. It was so
    simple." Gowan could switch storytelling gears with ease, calling a field event
    or long-distance race with similar expertise. "It was remarkable to watch an
    endurance event like a mens 5,000 metres," Lee said. "He would get right inside
    an athletes head. The cameras would show you these grimacing close-ups and Geoff
    would tell you that the mind was willing but the body was failing in this case.
    Or he could tell you in a 400 metres that with 100 metres to go the lactic acid
    was coursing through a runners quads and his legs were beginning to feel heavy
    and rubber, and now it was just survival to get to the finish line without tying
    up and his body crippling him. "It was just a remarkable description of the
    human body at its best." "This was live too. He would choose these very
    descriptive passages right off the top of his head in a live broadcast," Lee
    added. "There are very very few people in this world who can do that." Gowan was
    inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame as a builder in 2002. He also
    received an honorary doctorate in civil law from Acadia University for his
    service to sport in Canada. Details on funeral arrangements have not been
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