David Webster obituary | Sport

My good friend David Webster, who has died aged 95, was a sports activities administrator in Scotland. His major focus was the promotion of energy sports activities comparable to weightlifting, bodybuilding, strongman competitions and highland gatherings.

He spent the early a part of his profession working on the Scottish Council for Bodily Recreation (later Sport Scotland), but additionally volunteered on the Commonwealth Video games Council for Scotland, which led him to grow to be chef de mission on the 1998 Commonwealth Video games in Kuala Lumpur, in total cost of the Scotland staff.

Except for that David wrote a lot of books on energy sports activities beneath the identify David Pirie Webster, together with The Iron Sport (1976, a historical past of weightlifting), Bodybuilding: An Illustrated Historical past (1983) and The World Historical past of Highland Video games (2011). As well as he contributed scores of educational papers to journals on technical facets of sports activities science, and wrote teaching manuals.

David was born in Aberdeen to Ronald, an area authorities transport inspector, and his spouse, Elizabeth (nee Rennie), a photographic developer. After attending Crowlees boys’ faculty he labored at an plane manufacturing facility earlier than nationwide service within the Gordon Highlanders (1946-48), rising to the rank of corporal. On his return to Aberdeen he did trainer coaching on the metropolis’s Woolmanhill Faculty of Bodily Training.

Following David’s marriage to Mavis Pilkington in 1953, he moved to Glasgow, the place he grew to become a sports activities growth officer on the Scottish Council for Bodily Recreation, rising to be a senior technical consultant there till he left in 1972 to grow to be head of the amenities planning division on the Scottish Sports activities Council. After a spell as director of the Magnum leisure centre in Irvine (1974-75) he grew to become director of leisure, recreation and tourism at Cunninghame district council till his retirement in 1987.

Over time David’s wider contribution to sport in Scotland was immense. On a voluntary foundation he often officiated in bodybuilding as a choose; he was a founding member of the Nationwide Beginner Bodybuilding Affiliation, chairman of the Scottish Beginner Weightlifting Affiliation (now Weightlifting Scotland), organised a lot of the World’s Strongest Man competitions within the Seventies, and later helped to determine the Arnold Strongman Classic.

He was chosen as an official observer for Scotland at three Olympic Video games – Rome 1960, Mexico Metropolis 1968 and Munich 1972 – and had a number one behind the scenes function in bringing the Commonwealth Video games to Edinburgh in 1970 and 1986, after which Glasgow in 2014. He additionally performed an element within the lobbying that resulted in trampolining grow to be an Olympic sport on the Sydney 2000 Olympic Video games.

On the Commonwealth Video games Council for Scotland he was vice-chair and chair, and laterally honorary life vice-president. In 1995 he was appointed OBE.

Mavis died in 2015. He’s survived by their six youngsters, Graham, Christopher, Nigel, David, Nicola and Lesley.