Life membership of VP-Glasgow has been granted to Doug Gillon for his services to athletics in Scotland. Doug, who was for 34 years the Herald's Athletics Correspondent retired from full time work last year and although he continues to write a fortnightly column, has recently moved to a new home in Cornwall. Doug was back in Glasgow on a personal visit in February 2012 and took time out to receive our certificate of life membership from the Club Secretary.
Doug covered his first major sporting event when the Commonwealth Games came to Edinburgh in 1970 and since then has covered every summer Olympics since he attended Munich in 1972 and every World Championship since 1983.
Over the years he was awarded 3 SJABritish Sports Journalism Awards and a life-time achievement prize at the Scottish Press Awards.
Doug became a member of Victoria Park AAC when he moved to Glasgow in the late 60's. He competed in middle distance events and the 400m hurdles.
Appropriately, the certificate awarded to Doug was printed and embossed with the Club's badge and colours back in the 70's.
He was delighted to receive the award and hoped to be back in Glasgow to meet up with old Club mates when we officially open our new display cabinet.