Forres Highland Games mourns the death of its Honorary Life Member and Former Chieftain Neville Sillitoe OAM at the age of 96.

Neville was an Australian Athletics Coach of great renown, coaching many of Australia’s medal winning sprinters, both Olympic and Commonwealth, between 1961 and 1983. However, it was as the Caulfield Grammar School athletics coach that Neville first attended Forres Highland Games in 1985 with a team of young athletes from Melbourne. This became an annual six week tour of England and Scotland with his young athletes, culminating with them competing at Forres and Inverness prior to their return to Australia. For his dedication and commitment in promoting youth athletics he was made an Honorary Life Member of Forres Highland Games in 2010 and accepted the invitation to be Games Chieftain in 2013. Neville made his final visit to Forres Highland Games in 2018.

Our thoughts are with his family and many friends.

Posted on: 18.07.2021