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JO PAVEY PAYS TRIBUTE TO BLIND FORMER COACH, TONY WHITE, AT EXETER HARRIERS’ AWARDS NIGHT

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Exeter Harriers Clubhouse was packed to the rafters to welcome Jo Pavey, Five Times Olympian, and her Husband/Coach, Gavin, who were “Special Guests” at the club’s Annual Awards Night on Saturday.

The club, founded in 1904 and now with a membership of 495, was celebrating yet another year of outstanding athletic achievements with a number of their members achieving #no1 spot on the UK rankings and winning not only local and regional but also National Competitions and England/GB Vests.

 Trophies and prizes were presented by Jo to the following recipients;

Ken Trickey  – Athlete of the Year  

 

Molly Canham

English Schools JG 800M Gold

UKA U15 Indoor & Outdoor Champ 800m

Senior – Male Athlete of the Year  

 

 

Sam Talbot

National Indoor Heptathlon Champion

*World Indoor Youth Heptathlon Record (U20 implements)* UK U18 Decathlon Record

Senior – Female Athlete of the Year  

 

 

Jo Pavey

Olympian – Rio 2016

Ranked UK #No 1

V40W 3000m, 5000m, 10000m

Veteran – Male Athlete of the Year  

 

Lyndsey Fairbrother

Ranked UK #No 1

V75M 400m

Veteran – Female Athlete of the Year  

 

Jackie Walpole

Ranked UK #No 1

V60W 800m

South West League – Female Athlete of the Year Rebecca Squires
South West League – Male Athlete of the Year Lee Dart
South West League – Commitment to the Team Courtney Howard
Cross Country – Female Athlete of the Year Caitlin Apps
Cross Country – Male Athlete of the Year Lee Dart
Sportshall Certificate of Recognition for Commitment Samidi Nanayakkara
Sportshall – Female Athlete of the Year Abbie Freeman
Sportshall Certificate of Recognition for Commitment Matthew Williams
Sportshall – Male Athlete of the Year Craig Moncur
Junior Award – Male Athlete of the Year (U11) Charlie Hague
Junior Award – Female Athlete of the Year (U11) Isabella Peyton-Jones
Junior Award – Male Athlete of the Year (U13) Gus Tiernan
Junior Award – Female Athlete of the Year (U13) Katie Chapman
Junior Award – Male Athlete of the Year (U15) Thomas Putt
Junior Award – Female Athlete of the Year (U15) Isobel Pinsky
Junior Award – Male Athlete of the Year (U17)  

 

Finley McLear

English Schools IB 1500m Steeplechase Gold

SIAB IB 1500m Steeplechase Gold

Junior Award – Female Athlete of the Year (U17) Olivia Dobson
Centenary Cup – Thrower of the Year Josh Tyler
Individual Performance Award  

Jamie Anderson

HJ 2.01m

Power of 10 Award –

U20 athletes achieving Top 10 Power of 10 status

 

Finley McLear

U17M 3000m & 1500m Steeplechase

Jack Turner
U17M Octathlon
Jamie Anderson

U20M High Jump

Katie Chapman

U13G High Jump, Long Jump & Shot Putt

Lily Mills

U20W Javelin

Molly Canham

U15G 1500m, 3000m, Mile, Parkrun

Olivia Dobson

U17W Shot Put, Pentathlon & Heptathlon

Rebecca Squires

U13G 100m

Thomas Putt

U15B Javelin

Sam Talbot

U20m 60m Hurdles, Long Jump

Hepthatlon & U18M Decathlon

Trixie Nicholson

U17W Javelin

Young Volunteer Award Jack Moncur
Services Shield Rose Curtis

 

Two special “Life-Time Achievement Awards” were also presented.

The first to Bob Melhuish who has been a club “stalwart” for many years.  He came late to running as his passion in his younger days was motorbikes.  He completed several marathons and more than 70 half-marathons.  He was key in organising many of the cross-country competitions and even at 80 was seen setting out the course for the Devon County Cross Country Championships.  His volunteering also included taking on many of the maintenance tasks in and around the clubhouse as well as assisting with the refurbishment a few years ago. 

The second award was presented to Tony White, Jo Pavey’s former coach.  For more than 40 years he has been coaching at Exeter Harriers and many anecdotes were shared by his athletes.  What is most remarkable is that Tony continued to coach even after losing his sight, more than 20 years ago, assisted by Les Curtis.  Tony was instrumental in Jo’s early years as a young junior athlete. Back in 1987 Jo recounts that “he saw something in me – ‘Little Jo’ as he called me.  He was a hard taskmaster and what I always needed was someone to reign me in and hold me back, but he was also like a family member. Our bond was immediate.” Jo also presented Tony with a vest worn by her at the Rio Olympics.