Jo Pavey, 5 times Olympian, was once again special guest at the club’s Annual Awards Evening, on 26th January, where members were recognised for performances in Track and Field, Cross Country and Sportshall as well as Volunteering.
Vanessa Freeman (South West League & Sportshall Team Manager) and David Phillips (Southern Athletics League and Cross Country Team Manager) compered the event with Jo Pavey presenting the awards;
Athlete of the Year – Jack Turner.
Jack was competing for GB at The Indoor Combined Events International in Cardiff, over the weekend, and wasn’t able to attend. So whilst he couldn’t pick up his trophy he did achieve Gold in the U20 Men’s event. A great start to 2019!
Senior Male Athlete of the Year – Callum Crawford
Senior Female Athlete of the Year – Sarah Kearsey
Veteran Male Athlete of the Year – Derek Mardles
Veteran Female Athlete of the Year – Jo Pavey
Jo’s focus for 2019 is to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. All club members wish her good luck as she aims to become a 6 times Olympian!
South West League Female Athlete of the Year – Imogen Bond
South West League Male Athlete of the Year – Leon Biaggi
South West League Commitment to the Team – Alastair Smith
Cross Country Female Athlete of the Year – Caitlin Apps
Cross Country Make Athlete of the Year – Oliver Capps
Cross Country Certificate of Commitment – Courtney Howard
Southern Athletics League U17 Female Athlete of the Year – Freya Rose
Southern Athletics League Female Athlete of the Year – Sarah Kearsey
Southern Athletics League U17 Male Athlete of the Year – Kit Oliver-Stevens
Southern Athletics League Male Athlete of the Year – Chris Perry
Southern Athletics League Recognition for Commitment (Officiating) – Irene Brown
Southern Athletics League Recognition for Commitment (Officiating) – Les Curtis
Southern Athletics League Recognition for Commitment – Isabella Kerley
Southern Athletics League Recognition for Commitment – Jemima Kerley
Sportshall Female Athlete of the Year – Samidi Nanayakkara
Sportshall Certificate of Commitment – Charlotte Starr
Sportshall Male Athlete of the Year – Thomas Brown
Game Changers Commitment Certificate following completion of 20 hours volunteering; Amy-Beth Curtis, Rachel Champion, Samidi Nanayakkara, Rebecca Squires, Dannie Tyler, Josh Tyler, Jasmine Stone.
DS Active Group Certificates of Recognition; Flora Bliss, Lexie Adamson, Tom Sewell, Katy Jolliffe, Millie Cawsey-Jones, Lee Symons
U11 Male Athlete – Ryan Farleigh
U11 Female Athlete – Daisy Rowe
U13 Male Athlete – Charlie Hague
U13 Female Athlete – Isabella Peyton-Jones
U15 Male Athlete – Thomas Mason
U15 Female Athlete – Katie Chapman
U15 Individual Performance Award – Megan Hamilton-Strong (ESAA Combined Events JG Bronze Medallist)
U17 Male Athlete – Craig Moncur
U17 Female Athlete – Molly Canham
Centenary Cup “Thrower of the Year” donated by David Edgecombe – Josh Tyler
Individual Performance Award – Elliot Moran (ESAA T&F SB Gold Medallist 2000M SC)
Power of 10 Awards – Scarlett Livingstone, Katie Chapman, Megan Hamilton-Strong, Thomas Mason, Max Thomas, Josh Tyler, Luke Cressey, Jack Turner, Olivia Dobson
Services Shield – Steve & Sally Palmer
Lifetime Achievement Award – Janet Phillips
Also attending was Jane Edgecombe who presented a commemorative plaque to Dave Robinson, Club Chairman, in memory of her late husband David. in 2018 Jane gifted copies of the Track and Field Technical Booklets written by David to the club. She very much hopes that the sharing of David’s coaching expertise and knowledge via the David Edgecombe Coaching Library will provide an invaluable legacy and inspire many future athletes and coaches.
During the evening members enjoyed a buffet prepared by Tony Howard, Catering Manager, and assisted by stalwarts Steve and Sally Palmer. A raffle was held, with Bob Melhuish winning the star prize, an autographed copy of Jo Pavey’s book “This Mum Runs.” £115.50 was raised for Force Cancer Charity.