Brian Spriggs

brian spriggs

At the 2014 AGM Brian Spriggs was made a Life member of Sale Harriers for his life-long services.

Brian Spriggs association with Sale Harriers began in 1987 when he was roped into a fun team for the Sale Festival. Graham Marshall asked him if his young son Stephen would like to join the club... and there began his lifetime association.

Initially, whilst he watched his son running, he took an interest in the very unfamiliar shot putt circle. Jack Frost eventually asked if he’d like to throw the Shot for Sale Harriers. “I was a bit embarrassed at first”, he said,” knowing nothing about at all about sport”. Brian then represented Sale Harriers in the shot put, discus and hammer especially in the Northern League until 1997. He also began coaching youngsters at Crossford Bridge and later adults at Wythenshawe Park. He qualified as a Level 3 coach and among his achievements are two English schools medallists, several English Schools finalists and a wheelchair athlete to a silver medal in the Special Olympics in Cardiff (2001).

Brian became involved in T & F judging in 1991 and, since then, has committed almost every weekend to travelling up and down the country for the club as a qualified and highly experienced judge. Brian has probably scored more match points for Sale teams as an official than most athletes. Just some of the major other events Brian has helped with over the years are:-

  • World Wheelchair Games at Stoke Mandeville 1998.
  • The World Masters Athletic Championships in Gateshead (1999).
  • The Special Olympics in Cardiff (2001).
  • The Transplant Games (Bebingtom 1997).
  • The European Disability Games for three consecutive years (1998, 1999 2000).
  • The Paralympic World Cup at Sportcity for three consecutive years (2006, 2007, 2008).
  • The Junior Disability Sport England Championships for eight consecutive years (Blackpool 1999 -2007).
  • The Armed Forces Games at Cosford (Shropshire) in 2003, travelling to Shropshire every alternative Wednesdays for twelve months to officiate.
  • The National Pride Games for two consecutive years (Trafford 2008 & 2009).
  • Did Judging throughout GB for Sportshall Athletics annually for 20 years (1994 -2014).
  • During the Manchester Commonwealth Games (2002) he was part of a team in charge of the Wythenshawe throws Area where the international Athletes prepared.

Brian sadly passed away in 2018.