It is with sadness that we share the news of David Drybrough’s passing.
David was a top provincial and national distance runner in the 1950s and into the early 1960s. He set several University of Manitoba track records and represented Canada in the 1500-metre final at the Chicago Pan Am Games in 1959. Dave set the Canadian Indoor Mile Record in 1960 with a time of 4:10.4, a record that held for many years.
Drybrough credits Jim Daly as being the major influence on his career, describing him as “my coach, my mentor and my best friend.” He followed Daly into coaching at the U of M where he led the cross country team to the Canadian championship in 1964. He served as Deputy Meet Director of Athletics at the 1967 Pan Am Games in Winnipeg, and represented the Canadian Track and Field Association as an official at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City.
In 1980 at the age of 43, Dave ran the Manitoba Marathon, crossing the finish line with both arms held high in celebration. In 1985 and 1986, Dave served as technical committee chair for the Manitoba Marathon. In 2009, Dave was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame for his achievements in and contributions to athletics.
Our sincere condolences go out to his family and friends.
The full obituary can be viewed here – Winnipeg Free Press
David’s Sports Hall of Fame profile can be viewed here – Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame