WERE it not for the bungled travel and accommodation arrangements for high school athletes travelling to the SA Youth and Junior Championships in Germiston just over a month ago, or similar chaos a year ago at the Eastern Cape Schools Athletics Championships in East London not many would have heard of the name Godfrey Goliath.
The 49-year old president of the Eastern Province Athletics Union and father of three is that kind of man – quiet and unassuming, but one who gets the job done.
The former Gelvandale High School pupil is a qualified auditor in Quality Management Systems – a position he holds at Willard Batteries in Stanford Road where he has been employed for the past 27 years.
Goliath has a long history in athletics winning provincial colours from primary school right through to senior level in track and field, cross country and roadrunning under the Sacos banner.
He has fond memories of his travels around the country.
“Those days we did not stay in hotels but were put up by families.
“Because of this I have friends all over the country.”
When age started to catch up Goliath turned to administration and held various positions at club and provincial level, culminating in his current position. He is also a qualified coach and technical officer.
Locally Goliath says that it is sad that not much is happening (in athletics in particular) in the Northern Areas’ schools.