Last Updated on August 8, 2023 by Andrew Pirie
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Andrew Pirie Elected Vice President ATFS
(September 13, 2020)
He succeeded A. Lennart Julian the chief Statistician of Sweden Athletics, to the Vice Presidency
The 72-year-old Lennart had opted not to re-run for the Vice Presidency but continues with his work for Swedish Athletics.
Pirie will serve as Vice President for a 4-year term until the 2024 Elections. At 36, Pirie is the youngest member of the executive of the Association of Track and Field Statisticians. Having been a member since 2013.
Andrew was introduced/endorsed to the Association of Track and Field Statisticians by Malaysian and Southeast Asian Stats man Jad Adrian Washif another former sprinter.
Pirie was the Coaching Consultant at the Zamboanga Sports Academy from 2015-2017. He is a certified Level 3 Athletics Australia Sprints and Hurdles Coach (equivalent to World Athletics Level 2). And currently the Consultant Coach for Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation (part of PRISAA) in Pangasinan since 2021.
The Philippines ‘ last members of the Association of Track and Field Statisticians were the PAAF Secretary-General (PAAF was the previous name of PATAFA), Colonel Romulo Constantino, and Sy Yin Chow, who have both passed on.
Benjamin Silva-Netto, also a former Secretary-General who was not formally a member of the ATFS, carried on Constantino’s statistical work after he passed on. After Silva-Netto retired to the United States. Andrew continued his work with Filipino Athletics Statistics.
ATFS Executive members Paul Jenes, 77 of Australia, continues as the President of the ATFS. Paul has been a Statistician with Athletics Australia since 1978 and a statistician since 1971. He was elected President of the ATFS in 2000 and received the Australia Medal of Order of Australia.
Tom Casacky and Michael McLaughlin resumed their positions as Treasurer and Secretary for the ATFS. In addition, Josie Mario Lombardo, Giuseppe Mappa, and Mark Wall have now joined the board of the Executive Committee.
Challenges the ATFS Faces right now are aging membership (some countries do not have statisticians) and competition from online data banks.
Full ATFS History Below
The ATFS 70 years ago in 1950 by Robert Quertacani of Italy and Donald Potts of the United States. Starting as early as 1947, publishing stats books.
Seeding originally by Quercetani and the USA’s Donald Potts, who in 1947 had combined to compile 100-deep world all-time lists in all the standard men’s events with full date and venue details for each performance. Resulting from this collaboration, a self-financing 70-page booklet entitled A Handbook on Olympic Games Track and Field Athletics, appeared in 1948.
Modestly a hugely valuable publication proved to be a catalyst. The 1924 Olympic 100m champion Harold Abrahams, a prolific writer on the sport and a keen statistician, used the book to help with the seeding for the London Olympics of 1948.
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Athletics 2023 and old editions are now available for purchase
Of course, all current financial members of ATFS receive a copy as part of their membership.
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