Doncaster Athletic Club coach Bernard Minnikin dies | Club to hold minute’s silence

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Long serving athletics coach Bernard Minnikin has died.

Minnikin, described as a “father figure” to hundreds of Doncaster youngsters, passed away yesterday.

Doncaster Athletic Club, where he specialised in coaching throwing for more than 20 years, will hold a minute’s silence before their session at the Keepmoat Stadium tonight.

A statement on the club’s website from chairman Kev Lincoln said: “It is with regret that I have to officially announce the death of Bernard Minnikin, who died unexpectedly yesterday.

“Bernard touched the lives of most of us at Doncaster AC, he will be sadly missed.

“Our thoughts are with Bernard’s family at this difficult time.”

Speaking to the Free Press, Kevin added: “Bernard was a very kind man, a gentle man.

“He had a very good rapport with everyone he came into contact with, and he had lots of patience.

“He was a long-standing hammer, shot and discus thrower in his own right, who went onto coach some internationally-recognised athletes as well as hundreds of local athletes.

“Bernard was seen a father figure and everyone at the club is devastated to lose him.”