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UWA Little Athletics Centre

Vale Beris Johnson:
It is with great sadness that LAWA inform you of the passing of the co-founder of Little Athletics in WA, Beris Johnson.
Beris was an Australian champion athlete for the 880yds breaking the Australian record as she won in 1954. Beris married in 1955 and then gave birth to twins in 1956 missing an Olympic opportunity. She had to be content to go as a spectator.
In 1968 Robin, Beris’s husband started Little Athletics in WA. Robin & Beris' house became the administration for Little Athletics and often groups of people would descend to plan the season, weekly rosters and handicaps or to write the constitution and bylaws. People would be working out how they could change the equipment to suit little hands. Little Athletics was so successful that in 1970 Beris was off to Melbourne with a state team as the manageress. In 1972 WA hosted the championship and as Beris had returned to work at the Commonwealth Bank, she was very busy indeed.
Beris having been an elite athlete herself was well aware of the different needs of the athletes and with her excellent organisational skills and attention to detail was an excellent manager. She continued with both Little Athletics and Senior Athletics, quietly and diligently completing any role required to ensure success. Beris made so many life-long friends during this time or, suddenly her life-long friends found themselves working for Athletics. Beris was honoured with Life Membership to both Little Athletics and Senior Athletics for her valuable contributions.
Funeral Details:
Beris’s funeral will be Monday 18th February at 2.30pm at Karrakatta Norfolk Crematorium followed by tea, coffee, cake, and then a wake at Jen’s house 41B Alexander St Wembley (the street of the Wembley pub and the Wembley Primary school) from about 4.15pm.
We will celebrate so wearing colour - Beris's favorite colour was blue, and she wore a lot of green and gold.
We are hoping to have an honour guard of Lacrosse and Athletics people (Beris was a WA Lacrosse Association Life member and Wembley Lacrosse Life Member as well), so if you wish to participate please be there at 2.20pm.
If you can attend any part of the afternoon we would love to see you.
Jen, Christine, Lyn and Gail
(Daughters)
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