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Anstey, Rhoda (1865–1936), promoter of women's physical education, was born at Jurishayes Farm near Tiverton, Devon, on 15 April 1865, the seventh of nine children and second daughter of John Walters Anstey, a yeoman farmer, and his wife, Susanna Elizabeth, née Manley. She was a natural countrywoman with a great love of the county of her birth; in 1891 she was managing the dairy on the family farm. Little else is known of her early life before she attended ...

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Dyson, Geoffrey Harry George (1914–1981), athlete and teacher of physical education, was born at 18 Tarbert Road, Camberwell, London, on 22 June 1914, the son of Harry Arthur Dyson, photographer's assistant, and his wife, Edith Alice, née Sewell. He ran away from home at the age of fifteen, and after doing odd jobs including selling newspapers on the streets of ...

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Geoffrey Harry George Dyson (1914–1981) by unknown photographer, c.1955 © Illustrated London News Ltd / Mary Evans

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Hill, Albert George (1889–1969), athlete and coach, was born at 9 Bath Street, Southwark, London, on 24 March 1889, the son of William Thomas Hill, a wholesale stationer's packer, and his wife, Elizabeth Huddy. His first sporting encounters were with the local Gainsford athletic club...

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Hulley, John (1832–1875), promoter of physical education, was born at 10 Gloucester Street, Liverpool, on 19 February 1832, the only son of John Nevitt Hulley (bap. 1803, d. 1840), surgeon, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Speed (1798–1890). He was baptized at St David's Church, Brownlow Hill, Liverpool...

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Mussabini, Scipio Africanus [formerly Scipio Arnaud Godolphin] (1867–1927), athletics coach and author, was born at 6 Collyer Buildings, Blackheath Hill, Lewisham, London, on 11 March 1867, the fourth of six children of Neocles Gaspard Mussabini (1827–1915), a journalist and war correspondent, and his wife, ...

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Norman, Andrew John [Andy] (1943–2007), athletics administrator and agent, was born on 21 September 1943 at 95 Council House, Parish Road, Bramford, Suffolk, the son of Russell William Norman, a sheet metal worker then serving as a leading aircraftsman in the Royal Air Force...

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Pickering, Ronald James [Ron] (1930–1991), athletics coach and sports commentator, was born on 4 May 1930 at 230 High Street in the London borough of Hackney, the son of James Thomas Pickering, a sign fixer, and his wife, Ivy Christina Wing. He was educated at ...

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Stampfl, Franz (1913–1995), athletics coach, was born in Vienna on 18 November 1913. Little is known of his early life. He was a student at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Vienna, in the 1930s but also keen on skiing and athletics. Although something of an all-rounder, his speciality was throwing the javelin. He later claimed to have taken part in the 1936 ...