Funeral details for well known Doncaster sportsman announced

Athlete Steve Minnikin.
Athlete Steve Minnikin.
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The funeral details for a popular Doncaster sportsman have been revealed.

Athlete Steve Minnikin died last month at the age of 44 and had represented both England and Great Britain at hammer throwing.

His funeral will take place at Rose Hill Crematorium on April 7 at noon.

Mr Minnikin was well-known in local sporting circles and is understood to have died at home on March 15.

Announcing his death in the Doncaster Athletic Club Facebook group last month, fellow athlete Kev Lincoln wrote: "Sad news. It is with regret that I have been notified of the death of Steve Minnikin, who was found in his house yesterday. I have sent our thoughts to Steve's family."

Hammer ace Mr Minnikin represented Great Britain at both under 20 and under 23 level, England at both U23 and senior level and the North of England 19 times. He also represented Yorkshire nearly 250 times.

During a career spanning 20 years, he was AAA u23 champion in 1994 and 1995, northern senior Champion 1991 and northern junior champion in 1990 and 1991.

He was also Yorkshire Senior County Champion a total of 18 times, winning the title consecutively from 1991-1999, then again from 2001-2007 as well as in 2011 and 2012.

The sports star was also awarded The Ellis Trophy in 1990 for the most promising junior thrower in the UK and held a number of records and other titles during a glittering career.

Mr Minnikin, whose late dad Bernard was also heavily involved in local athletics, leaves a mother Audrey, wife Nikola, sister Sharon and two children, Zac and Jake.