ELITE sport education officer Chris McGeorge says Loughborough College will look to create a fitting legacy after losing one of its best friends when Olympic legend Tommy Godwin passed away at the weekend.
The double bronze medallist from London 1948, who won so many hearts in Loughborough during his last three years, would have been celebrating his 92nd birthday today.
McGeorge said: “Our time with Tommy was very precious and I know it meant a lot to him too – he came to regard the College almost like a second home. We met him whilst taking our student volunteers to a sports hall event at the National Indoor Arena in 2009 with the 1948 Olympic torch. Tommy introduced himself and showed us his medals from the historic event.
“We were looking to teach Olympic and Paralympic values and here was someone who genuinely lived by them. Tommy inspired many people of all ages he came into contact with, becoming a Flames ambassador and also receiving an honorary degree.”
McGeorge says the College will now seek to work with Tommy’s family, including daughter Kay and son-in-law Richard to ensure he is always remembered.
“There will be another trip to the Olympic Museum in Lausanne to donate Tommy’s Olympic vest from 1948 as he wished – but we will also be considering what to do locally.
“I can honestly say Tommy’s values will always live on.”
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