Young Athletic Awards Night

The awards were presented by Nick Rose and Claire Hallissey. An Olympian and a current top level performer congratulated the athletes on their awards for performances during the 2009 track & field athletics season.

Awards are made to athletes in each age group and also an award to the newcomer who has made the greatest impact in their first year of competing.

GU13 Hannah Cockram for her performances at 800 and 1500

GU15 Lucy Bryan who is ranked UK No 1 for pole vault and should be ranked 2nd for high jump in the South West. Lucy has travelled far this year and enjoyed a great deal of success. SW Inter Counties U17 PV Champion, England Athletics U15 Champion with a 3.48m clearance setting a new Championship best performance. Lucy is guided by Neil Winter who is still the best Welsh vaulter ever!

LU17 Valentina Santo-Fullerton who is ranked 10th in the South West over 300m and 13th over 200m. Valentina has another year as an U17. An experiment over 400m saw an accomplished step towards the long sprint event. Valentina is a committed team member whose improvement reflects the combination of natural ability allied with hard work in training.

BU13 Matthew Mattis who is ranked 3rd in long jump and 8th in high jump in the South West. A bronze medallist in both events at the SW Inter County Championships. Perhaps Matthew is doing a bit better than following on the footsteps of his two older brothers.

BU15 A joint award to Jonathan Clayton and Geovaughn Burey.
Jonathan’s main event for some time has been discus in which he is ranked 6th in the South West. More recent concentration on hammer throwing has seen him rocket to 3rd best in the South West. Jonathan has been a team regular this year.
Geovaughn Is ranked 2nd at 200 and 5th at 100m in the South West. He achieved the winning double at the SW Inter Counties in August following his qualifying for the 200m final at the English School s Athletics Champioships in July. Geovaughn is a real high jump talent who has concentrated on sprinting in which he has shown much dedication. The outcome has been improving performances and deserved success.

MU17 Luke Bailey enjoys multi events and in the process has taken to pole vault with a bronze medal performance at the English Schools Championships. Luke is ranked 2nd in the South West and along with club member Tom Gibson is ranked joint 7th Nationally.

Newcomer awards were presented to Jack Dyer BU13 who is ranked 6th in the South West in the 100m. A regular team member throughout the season, Also to Miranda Sadler GU15 who arrived quietly and proved that her older sister is not the only talented member of the family.

The quiz event was organised by Christine Rose whose brother set the questions and compered the evening. No one team got all the questions right and some of us managed many more wrong answers than others! An enjoyable evening attended by young and older athletes supported as ever by parents and friends.Catering and late dance routines, which most people missed, were organised by team manager extraordinaire Simonne Lowrey.

Thanks to all who came and made it such an enjoyable evening.

Hilary Nash
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