Summer 2010 Annual Track and Field Awards Presentation

AFC Hornchurch 26 November 2010 

 (text of presentation speeches from Club Chairman, Doug Tierney}


Good evening everybody and welcome on behalf of Havering Mayesbrook Athletic Club to the presentation of the track and field awards for 2010.

The awards are being presented this evening by Club President, Kevin White. Kevin has been associated with the Club for more years than he cares to remember and has served the Club with great credit over the years as an athlete, coach, team manager and mentor. Thank you Kevin for being with us. As ever, the respective team managers have selected most of the winners.

The 2010 track and field season was another successful one for the Club both indoor and outdoor. Countless medals were won by Club athletes in County and Regional competitions. The under-17 squad retained the Eastern Young League title and maintained their place in the top division of the National Young Athletes League. The senior men’s team had a good season in the British League and the UK Women, Southern Men and Junior Men and Women retained their status in their respective leagues.

So this is an evening to celebrate those successes and first I would like once again to say well done to the club’s coaches, team managers and parents for making sure that athletes got to the starting line on time fit and well.

There are three categories of award this evening – in each age group we have the Club Best Performance Track Award, the Club Best Performance Field Award and also the Team Member Award. In addition, there are some special awards at the end of the evening for performances outside the league system.

We start with the oldest age group and work our way down to the youngest and the first award is the Club Best Performance on the Track by a male veteran and it goes to an athlete who just goes from strength to strength. He began the season by winning the Essex County Championships at 1500m for the 4th year in succession and then went on to break the Club’s 25 year-old vets record over the same distance. The highlight of his season, however, was probably winning the British Masters Championship over 1500m for the second year in succession. MATT BLAND.  

The Club Best Performance in the Field by a Male Veteran goes to an athlete who has worn the Club vest with passion for many years. He is the first to arrive at a competition and one of the last to leave. He can be depended on to inspire and encourage the youngsters coming through helping to calm nerves as well as supporting the team. Reaching the vet stage has rejuvenated his competitive spirit and we hope he will continue to improve as each year passess. DARRON KEEVIL (collected by Trevor Wells).

The Team Member award for a Male Veteran goes to a magnificent competitor who in his fourth year as a vet again provided the team with his best possible performances. His enthusiasm and dedication to the sport and his role as team captain was an inspiration to the whole team. He was a major influence in consolidating our position in the British League and we shouldn’t forget his gold medal at 100m in the Essex Championships. MARK BISHOP.

The Club Best Performance on the Track by a Senior Lady  goes to an athlete who, after a glittering career in the younger ranks, had a quiet few years whilst completing her University studies. Now back in the local area, she recorded her first full season for some time, juggling work commitments and only missing one of the eight Southern & UK Women’s fixtures due to holiday. She was unbeaten in the SWL in her speciality 100m hurdles and added valuable points in the UKWL also competing in high jump, 200m, 400m hurdles and relay CHLOE VAN WULVEN.

The winner of the Club Best Performance in the Field award by a Senior Lady is no stranger to this annual ceremony. After missing 2009 due to maternity duties, she returned fully to club action after the birth of Isabella competing in all but one league fixture with good performances in the pole vault, long and high jumps, shot and javelin. Ready to fill in as many events as possible to gain points for the team, she was always there cheering from the sidelines encouraging other team members. It’s a delight to welcome back KATE COWLEY.

In contrast to the last winner, the recipient of the Senior Ladies Team Member makes her first appearance here as a senior. She rallied to the team manager’s call and despite not often racing in recent years on the track, she was ready to get stuck in and help win those vital points for the team, knowing how valuable each point was. In the final fixture she competed although quite unwell and literally ran herself into the ground as a result of which she was off work for three days! A worthy winner - HELEN BISCOE.

The winner of the Club Best Performance on the Track by a Senior Man fully deserves the award. Rejoining the Club after a gap of some years, he was soon back in action in July in the British League team, competing in the 100m, 400m, High Jump and relay. His sprinting saw him earn valuable points as the team fought hard to maintain their status and, for good measure, in the final match of the season at Swansea, he set a new personal best in winning the Long Jump. It’s good to have him back – SHAUN STEWART.

The Club Best Performance in the Field by a Senior Man goes to an athlete only just in the age group who juggled competing for the British League team with his university commitments. No stranger to this ceremony as he worked his way through the younger ranks, he continued to excel in both long and triple jumps, setting a new huge PB in the opening fixture in the triple jump and also providing the club with essential points in the 110m Hurdles. ANTHONY WILLIAMS (collected by Tony Williams).

The Team Member award in the Senior Men goes to an athlete who exemplifies all the qualities that a Havering Mayesbrook team manager desires. He is always available to fill in for any event and often covers nine or more events in a match. As a former decathlete, his technical experience gains additional points for the team and he can always be found encouraging and urging on his team-mates. A fine role model and a lovely guy who sadly cannot be here but we will see that het gets his awardARRON BONNING

Turning to the U20 Women the winner of the Club Best Performance on the Track by a Junior Lady deservedly easily earned this trophy in her first season with the Club. She was ever-present for both the National Junior League and the UK League squads and also competed twice for the Southern Women. She scored well on all occasions in a range of track events and jumps. Despite an illness affected winter she went straight to third on the club’s all-time list with her 400m hurdles debut in April and improved her best twice more, placing an impressive sixth in the English Schools Final with a fine PB. FELICITY CLARKE (collected by Lynn Taylor)

The winner of Club Best Performance in the Field in this Junior Lady age group is becoming a regular at these presentations, not surprising as she has rewritten the club record books from U15 upwards in her speciality, the javelin event. After struggling on occasions to find consistent form during the early months of the season, she soon got back in the groove once her exams were completed and after improving the club U20 javelin record in August, ended the season on a high by breaking the club senior record for good measure in September. She is, of course, KIKE ONIWINDE

We welcome another new face as the worthy winner of the Junior Women's Team Member award.  After becoming eligible to compete for the Club on May 1st, this athlete went on to represent club teams in every remaining club fixture – four National Junior meetings, four Southern League and three UK League fixtures, competing in high and triple jumps and also turning her hand to long jump, sprints and relay. It’s every team manager’s dream to have more athletes like ELLIE WATSON

Now to Junior Men and the winner of the Club Best Performance on the track award goes to a young man who joined the Club early in the season and made an immediate impact. His performances over the 100m and 400m Hurdles for the Junior and Senior Men’s teams were excellent. He took the silver medal at 110m Hurdles at the Essex Championships and gold in the 400m Hurdles and silver in the South of England Championships at 110m Hurdles. He has huge potential for the future and he is ISAAC OGUNLADE

The award for Best Performance in the Field by a Junior Man in this age group goes to a young athlete who has progressed up the age groups in a very quiet manner and who had a terrific season for the Juniors. Three competitions with his favourite Hammer and three victories. One of the nicest young men you could meet – LEWIS WILLIAMS.

The Club Member award in this age group goes to a young man who made the team manager’s job that much easier. Always prepared to fill in where necessary and providing solid performances over distances ranging from 400m to 3000m, he provided the team with many valuable points IAN PRICE

Moving down the age groups, we come now to the girls and the Club Best Performance on the track award by under-17 It goes to a young lady who took part in all the available club matches and competed in more events than any other athlete. She won a bronze medal at the Essex Championships in her main event, the 300m Hurdles and was part of the 4 x 300m quartet that broke the Club record twice during the year. With various PBs throughout the season, she also achieved listings on the Club’s all-time top-10 list in three events, 8th in the 300m Hurdles, 9th in the 400m Hurdles and 6th in the 100m Hurdles NICOLA PEACHEY.

The Best Performance award in the field in this age group goes to a young lady who improved tremendously this year, seemingly setting new PBs every time she competed and it has been a delight to watch her development. In her main event, the javelin, she won the gold medal at Essex Schools and silver at the Essex Championships and also improved her PB with a throw of 34.14m to be listed 2nd on the club’s all-time top-10 list and she still has another year in the age group. She was also part of the 4 x 300m relay squad that broke the Club record twice during the year DEBORAH KNIGHT.

Finally in this under-17 age group, we come to the Team Member award which this year was a close run thing with several athletes in contention. The team Manager has asked me to mention and thank two athletes in particular, Laura Drew and Patsy McWeeney, for their enthusiasm and willingness to help throughout the season. The award, however, goes to a young lady who made the team manager’s job that much easier. She competed in all eleven under 17 club matches earning valuable points in a variety of events. She achieved a number of PBs during the season including her main event, the 300m Hurdles and all her efforts and enthusiasm was rewarded as she was part of the record breaking 4 x 300m relay team. JESSICA SEEKINGS

Moving to the under-17 men and the winner of the Best Performance on the track award. It goes to an athlete who, according to the team manager, was ‘on her case’ from the start of the season urging that she should enter a 4 x 400m team for the Essex Relays. She took his advice and was delighted when the team won gold with this young man running the anchor leg. He performed consistently well throughout the season scoring many valuable points and going under 2mins for the 800m. He also ran well in both 400m and 1500m events and also covered hammer and discus MASSI DENDANI.

The Best Performance award in the field in this category goes to an athlete who returned to competition after missing the previous season through injury. He ended the season on a high being ranked in the club’s all-time top-10 twice – 7th in the pole vault and 5th in the hammer. Always reliable, he performed consistently well throughout the season scoring vital points and also covered such events as the shot and steeplechase. ANDREW KERR

In this under-17s boys’ age group, the Team Member award goes to a young athlete who competed in whatever events he was asked to do, often at very short notice. During the season, he covered 100m, 200m, 400m, 100m Hurdles, 400m Hurdles, javelin and shot as well as both relays in addition to competing in his main event, the discus. A fine example of an athlete who gives everything for the Club – DANNY WILSON

Down another age group to the under-15 girls and the winner of the Best Performance track and the winner of the Best Performance Track award. It goes to an athlete who continues to improve and who had a fine season. She took Essex Championships bronze medals at both 800m and 1500m and a silver medal in the Essex Schools 800m. In the Eastern Young and National Young League, she recorded several wins over 800m and 1500m including in the Eastern Young Trophy Final. Finally, competing for Havering in the London Youth Games at Crystal Palace, she took gold in the 800m with a new personal best performance. LYDIA HALLAM (collected by Angie Thompson).

The Best Performance field award in this age group goes to a young athlete who scored many points for the team at 100m and 300m, where she is ranked 4th on the Club’s all-time list. This award, however, is for her jumping particularly the triple jump where her leap of 10.74m in August took her to 1st on the club’s all-time list for under-15 girls and 2nd in the UK rankings for 2010. For good measure, her long jumping and high jumping is also pretty good. We can’t wait to see what she achieves next year. BETHANY CHAMBERS.

The Team Member award goes to a young lady taking the award for the second year in succession. She is another athlete who competed whenever possible and in whatever event in which she was needed – a team manager’s delight. She is a fine example of a true club athlete and will be a welcome addition to the under-17s next season AVRIL LOYNES.

Now to the under-15 boys and the winner of the Best Club Performance track award. This young man joined the Club at the beginning of the year and has been a great asset. He specialises in the sprint hurdles and is 9th on the club’s all-time list as a result of his 2010 efforts. He was finalist in the County Championships and won a silver medal in the Eastern County Championships. He won many points for the club over 100m and 200m and was also the ‘A’ string high jumper. KARL TUCKER

The Club Best Performance award for field events goes to a young man dedicated to throwing. He was the backbone of the team and his discus PB of over 36 metres earned him 5th place on the all-time list. He is an accomplished shot putter and hammer thrower. BEN THOMPSON

Finally, in this under-15 boys age group, we come to the Team Member award. It goes to another athlete who only joined the Club this year and quickly settled in. One of the most regular competitors in both leagues, he is multi-talented and competed in nine different disciplines. His favoured event is the Long Jump but was willing to step in at short notice to try anything – a great all-rounder and team member. ALEX HABBERSHAW.

Now it’s the turn of the youngest age group, the under-13s, who have been waiting patiently.  The Best Club Performance on the track by an under-13 girl goes to a young lady who had an excellent season on the track with a series of PBs seeing her finish the year 6th on the all-time list at 75m and 10th at 100m. She accumulated a large number of points for the club in both EYAL and NYAL and never stopped improving. We look forward to seeing her in the under-15s next season. EMMA WHITBY

The Club Best Performance award for the field events in this category goes to a young athlete whose reliability was second to none. Although she competed on the track covering a variety of events, it was in the field that she began to show promise and gradually improved particularly in the discus and shot events. She first appeared for the club in June and didn’t throw in competition until July but the results show that she has real talent for the events.MICHELLE HUGHES.

The Team Member award in this age group goes to a remarkable young athlete. The team managers called her ‘outstanding’ and she has huge potential. Her performances on the track ranged from the 70m Hurdles to the 800m, amassing a large amount of points in the process. She also competed in the long jump and has the makings of a multi-eventer. By the end of the season, she was ranked 4th on the Club’s all-time list for 70m Hurdles and it would be remiss of me not to mention that just two weeks ago, in the under-13 race, she won the Lord Mayor’s Mile in London beating some 60 athletes from all the other London Boroughs. HEIDI SURMAN-WELLS.

And so the under-13 boys and the Best Club Performance track award. It goes to a young man who competed in every league meeting throughout the season scoring a huge amount of points, mostly through 1st or 2nd places in the sprint events. He consistently improved his PBs at 100m and 200m, he led the 2010 rankings in those events and achieved a Grade 1 standard in both. He also appears on the all-time list in 9th position. ALEX HEWITT

The Best Club Performance for field events goes to an athlete perhaps more recognised for his performances on the track, finishing top ranked at 800m and second at 1500m. But it his accomplishments in the High Jump that merit this award. He finished the season ranked 36th in the UK, 8th on the club’s all-time list and a Grade 1 standard achiever. He also won his event at Hendon in the NYAL Southern Regional Final. SEAN WILSON

Now to the Team Member award and and it goes to a spirited all-rounder who really enjoys competing and who benefited during the season from a change of training routine and location. He gives his best whether in sprints or middle distance or long jumping and is always happy to fill in when there is a gap on the team list. He improved his 1500m PB by over 25 seconds and finished top ranked for his long jumping. A good example of a dedicated club athlete ROBERT WOODGATE













Finally, we come to four special awards presented for Best Performances by the Club Committee performances outside the normal Club competitions.

The first of these is for females in the age range U13 – u17 and the winner is a remarkable young athlete.  These are just some of her achievements – gold in discus and shot Essex Championships; gold in discus at Essex Schools; gold in discus at Eastern Championships; and a magnificent 4th place in the discus in the English Schools Final. 2011 could be even more special for her because she has another year in the under-15 age group. GEORGIE TAYLOR.

In the same age group – U13 –U17, the boys’ award goes to an absolutely stunning young athlete. Because of school commitments many, many miles away, we don’t see him very often in league competition but on the national stage, he has made a giant impression. Back in July at the English Schools Championships, this 16 year old leaped to an incredible 14.86m to take the gold medal in the Triple Jump. This led to his selection for England in the schools international at Glasgow. Then, in August, he went on to win gold again in the England under-17 Championships at Bedford with another huge leap of 14.68m. On top of all that, he’s a smashing young man. JIMI TELE

[A silver salver was also presented to Jimi by his coach, Trevor Wells, on behalf of the AAA for the achievement of a Grade 1 in a National competition.] 

Now to the age group U20 – Veterans and we start with the ladies. Another super athlete whose studies leading to her becoming a doctor mean that she has to be selective with the time devoted to athletics. However, she had two terrific performances in the relatively new event for women – the Steeplechase- that again showed that she is a force to be reckoned with. In May at Bedford and in near gale force conditions, she successfully defended her Inter Counties 2000m title and in June at Crystal Palace, again defending her title in the South of England Championships, she took gold in the 2000m event in a club record time SARA LUCK (collected by Irene Brennan).

We now come to the last award of the evening but possibly from an observer’s point of view, the most satisfying. It is for the male age range U20 – Veterans and it goes to a young man in the junior age group who had a fantastic season. He joined the club in September last year and from the early days the signs were there that he had a rare talent. After some impressive performances for the club, he took the silver medal in 400m at the Southern under-20 Championships in June, breaking the club record in the process – a record that had stood for over 30 years! He then went on to take the bronze medal in the National under-20 Championships and World Junior Trials that saw him selected for the Great Britain team in the World Junior Championships in Canada in July. His record breaking 400m time was 48.01sec and he is likely to be top of the under-20 all-time list for a long time. He will soon be chasing the Senior Men’s record which, interestingly enough, is held by Mark Bishop at 46.49 sec. The winner of this award is RICHARD MORRISSEY.

The final award this evening is being presented for just the third time. It his named - -at the request of his family – after a real Club stalwart, Sidney Edwards. Sid was very much a man of his time – the 60s, 70 and 80s. A gentle man who cared very much for the athletes he coached, always encouraging, always helpful and very aware that athletes were not overdoing things.

His manner was very much like that of this year’s recipient who joined the Club some 43 years ago and, who, in the intervening years, has carried out most of the roles that are essential to the well-being of any athletics club. Like many of us, he came into the Club with his children (two daughters) who were both wonderful athletes.

Also, like many of us, he began to get more and more involved and didn’t know when to say NO. He is one of the Club’s Life Vice Presidents and still is a valuable and key member of the Club’s Management Committee. His dry sense of humour helps to keep the rest of us on the Committee sane. He cares passionately for the athletes in his care and has a superb record as a throws coach over the years with his athletes regularly gaining recognition on the local, regional and national stage. Just look at the achievements of Georgie Taylor who, like countless others, owes so much to this man.

This guy has all those attributes and qualities that Sid Edwards displayed. It is impossible to count how many young athletes he has looked after – always with a smile and an encouraging word. He is a very worthy winner of the Sidney Edwards Award for Services to Coaching. BRIAN KIERNAN.









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