Last year, to mark the retirement of a Keith Brackstone and his wide ranging contribution to the club, we launched the Brackstone Cup. This award is presented annually for the outstanding individual or team achievement across all age groups and events in a calendar year.
Jon Jackson, Club Development Advisor, presented the award for 2018. Here are his reflections.
I cannot think of a better recipient for the Brackstone Cup.
Last year, in July, Jess Lewis went to her very first English Schools track and field championships in Birmingham, competing in the girls U15 Javelin Girls.
For those who don’t know, the English Schools is the premier competition for anyone of school age in the country. The very best athletes compete there every year, and it’s been a right of passage for most of our olympic level athletes – Mo Farah, Jess Ennis, Dina Asher Smith all competed at these championships… so it’s a big deal.
Jess had been throwing well leading up to champs, with a couple of personal bests and a 2nd in the south west schools championships against her big rival from Hampshire, but boy did she turned the table big time in Birmingham.
In the later rounds, when her rivals were tiring, Jess unleashed her 500g Javelin to an almighty 43.30m – which at that point was the best in the country. This not only won her the competition but was a championship best performance!
What makes it even more amazing is that Jess was diagnosed a type 1 diabetic in 2012, making her insulin dependent. That has not stopped her from working really hard to achieve her goals.
Jess … it’s an honour and privilege to have presented you with the Brackstone Cup.