Summer 2011 Annual Track and Field Awards Presentation

Havering Bowls' Club 9 December 2011 

 (text of presentation speeches from Doug Tierney}


Good evening everybody and welcome on behalf of Havering Mayesbrook Athletic Club to the presentation of the track and field awards for 2011.

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 2011 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. maintained their place in the top division of the National Young Athletes League and finished runners-up in the Eastern Young Trophy Final. The senior men’s team had a good season in the British League and the UK Women, Junior Men and Junior Women retained their status in their respective leagues. The combined Women and Men’s Southern League team had a good first season under the new format and won promotion. At an individual level, Club athletes performed magnificently as we will hear late

So this is an evening to celebrate those successes and once again it’s important 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 are going to break with tradition, however, and begin with another special award – the Sidney Edwards Award for Services to Coaching.  It his named - -at the request of his family – after a real Club stalwart, 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 more years ago than she cares to remember and, who, in the intervening years, together with her husband, has been responsible for coaching thousands of the Club’s young athletes. But that coaching work has involved far more than turning up at Hornchurch two or three times a week. It has involved incredible dedication whether travelling to see her young charges at track and field meetings around the country or up to her ankles in mud at numerous cross-country venues. Bearing in mind that she is only three foot nothing, it’s not surprising that, on more than one occasion, she has disappeared entirely in the mud and we have had to get a tractor to pull her out! She is quite simply one of the stalwarts that a club like Havering Mayesbrook depends on and many, many young people have many reasons to be grateful to her for that  dedication. I’m probably a dead man for embarrassing her but she thoroughly deserves the Services to Coaching award – Eileen Naylor.

We move on to the main awards and 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 whose level of commitment and unfailing enthusiasm for the success of the team is second to none. Always the first to ask for details of forthcoming fixtures, his level of performance continues to defy his age with 2011 seeing him run his best times for over seven years. With a season’s best in the 3000m Steeplechase and having, a week earlier, retained his British Masters Athletics Federation title in an equally impressive time, he will hopefully continue competing for many years to come. JASON LENDON.

What can we say about the winner of the Club Best Performance in the Field by a Male Veteran that hasn’t already been said? He is one of those heroes of track and field; once the season starts, he shakes off the dust (or is it rust) and seemingly thrives on competition but is always there to encourage and teach newcomers. We look forward to seeing him in competition again next season. Winning the award for the second year in succession –. DARRON KEEVIL.

The Team Member award for a Male Veteran goes to a magnificent competitor who, due to his advancing years, would prefer to concentrate on quality rather than quantity but once again had to roll back the years often competing in seven events thereby helping to ensure the Club’s survival in Division 3 of the British League. His enthusiasm and dedication to his sport and his role as team captain are an inspiration to others as were his outstanding performances, particularly in the shot and discus, where he threw his best for some years. He remains a major influence both on and off the track and we hope to see him remain team captain for many more years. Retaining this award for another year. MARK BISHOP.

The Track Best Performance by a Senior Lady  goes to an athlete who, after a low key 2010 season affected by injuries showed what the team had been missing. Always ready to tackle multiple events, she surpassed herself at the final Southern League fixture by running in the 400m, 800m, 1500m and Steeplechase winning three races and finishing runner-up in the other. Her only steeplechase defeat came in the opening UK Women’s League fixture where it was her only event - obviously she missed out as she wasn’t able to warm-up by competing in numerous other events. The well-deserved winner is VICKY SMITH.

The Senior Women's Club Best Performance Field award by a Senior Lady goes to a young lady whose presence had been sorely missed in 2010. She was unbeaten in the Southern League in her main discus event and was ever present in the UK League where she set a new discus PB to move up to 11th on the Club’s all-time list. She also helped out in the 400m, 800m, shot and hammer when needed. The best is yet to come from LAUREN CLARK.

The  Team Member award in the Senior Ladies category goes to a multi-talented athlete who got better and better as the season went on, often tackling five individual events to a high standard. In the final Southern League fixture, she excelled herself with five individual A-string victories in the 100m, High Jump, Long Jump, Shot and Javelin. We’re looking forward to another busy 2012 season from ZOE YOUNG.

The winner of the Club Best Performance on the Track by a Senior Man goes to somebody who continued in 2011 where he left off in 2010. In his first year as a senior man, he performed excellently throughout the sprint events, especially in the 400m Hurdles. Good early season progression saw him win a bronze medal at the South of England Championships in a personal best time, which he later improved in the British League at Yeovil ranking him 36th in the UK and 3rd on the Club’s all-time list. 2012 will hold exciting opportunities for ISAAC OGUNLADE.

The Club Best Performance in the Field by a Senior Man goes to an athlete who, as a young man, won the English Schools’ title for the sprint hurdles. He spent some time out of the sport in order to gain his degree and he returned to competition concentrating on multi-events. Hard training and dedication saw him achieve much success in a curtailed year being the Club’s No 1 senior man in 100m, Long Jump, Shot and Discus. We wish him well in 2012 as he battles to overcome serious illness. LEO BARKER.

The Team Member award in the Senior Men goes to a team manager’s dream athlete. He could always be relied upon to compete well in all his events and would always volunteer to do other events well out of his comfort zone – sometimes bordering on insanity. One could never fault his enthusiasm and commitment to the Club. Our thanks to you Jeremy for those extra vital points and I have been asked to remind you that there is a cross country slot for you on the 17thJEREMY WATSON

Turning to the U20 Women and the Club Best Performance on the Track by a Junior Lady.  In her first full season since joining the Club as a promising young athlete in 2007, the winner scored well in the distance events, particularly the 3000m where she won the ‘B’ string event in all four of the Southern League meetings that she contested setting a new PB in the first fixture. She also competed for the junior women in the same event and competed in both the 800m and 1500m for the UK league team. Now training hard at St Mary’s University, we hope to see much more in future years from GEMMA PHILLIPS

Although A-level studies restricted her performances this summer, the recipient of the Club Best Performance in the Field in this Junior Lady age group goes to an athlete who competed well in the throwing events, particularly the discus, in three of the four Junior league fixtures and for the senior teams in the UK league and Alpha trophy, setting pbs in both discus and hammer to earn her place in the senior StatPack top-20 lists. With another year as a junior in 2012, we hope to see even better results from KATHERINE KNIGHT

After winning the Junior Women's Team Member award last year when she was described as ‘every team manager’s dream’, it’s not surprising that she easily defended that ‘title’ this summer missing just one club competition and competing in all four junior league matches, all three UK league fixtures and four of the five Southern league matches. In addition to her usual long, high and triple jumps, she also earned valuable points in the 100, 200, discus and 100m hurdles, She represented Essex and her triple jump PB ranks her in the StatPack 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 not long before we had to move out of Mayesbrook and is a regular now at Hornchurch with the Trevor Wells training group. In what was a difficult year for the junior men, he performed with credit in both sprints and gained valuable points in the long jump with some impressive performances. He’s been looking very strong in training recently and 2012 could be a very good year for RICHARD HOLLAND

The award for Best Performance in the Field by a Junior Man goes to a young man who has progressed up the age groups in a very quiet manner and who had another consistent season for the junior men. He could always be relied upon to gain good points in the shot, discus and hammer events. Currently away at University as he heads towards his degree, the winner is EMMANUEL QUARSHIE

The Club Member award in this age group goes to a young man who made the team manager’s job much easier than it may have been.  Always prepared to fill in where necessary and providing solid performances over 110m hurdles, 400m hurdles, 400m, long jump, triple jump and both relays, the well deserving winner is ADAM WILEMAN

Moving down the age groups, we come back to the girls and the Club Best Performance on the track award by under-17The team manager concerned had a difficult season with a very slim squad and those girls that were available are to be congratulated on coping well.  This award goes to a young lady who since joining the Club as a ten year old has put in consistent performances year-in, year-out. Her bubbly personality is infectious and in the season under review, she performed well at 100m, 200m and 300m (with pbs in all three) and 800m REBECCA STANLEY.

The Best Performance award in the field in this age group goes to a young lady who made further improvement during the season with a series of personal best performances in the shot, discus and javelin with plenty of first and second placings.  She also won the silver medal in the javelin competition at the Essex Schools Championships DEBORAH KNIGHT.

Finally in this under-17 age group, we come to the Team Member award. With such a small squad to work with and every athlete giving their best for the good of the team, this award is shared this year. The first winner had an injury-hit season and was unable to do much in her favoured events but made herself available for unaccustomed sprinting, jumping and throwing to gain as many points as possible. The other joint winner was also always willing to rack up the points in all four throwing events. A great team effort by both of them –. AVRIL LOYNES and LAURA DREW

Moving to the under-17 men where the joint team managers, in selecting the award winners, decided not to opt for those athletes always coming out on top but rather go for those whose efforts made a significant contribution whilst not necessarily being winners. The winner of the Best Performance on the track award goes to a young man who was an ever present at training sessions and was prepared to help the team managers by competing in events outside his comfort zone. Early efforts in the Steeplechase were rewarded with a fine run in the same event at the Eastern Young Athletes League Trophy Final at Chelmsford, TOM BRENNAN.

The Best Performance award in the field in this category young man who, in his first spell with the Club a couple of years ago, showed talent for the field events. Returning later in the 2011 season, he quickly slotted back into the U17 squad and produced some fine performances in the triple jump and high jump to earn valuable points for the team. He will be a welcome addition to the Junior Men’s squad next season. LEE JARROLD

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 regularly covered 100m, 400m, , javelin and long jump as well as both relays. A fine example of an athlete who gives everything for the Club DALE MARKS-SWAIN

Down another age group to the under-15 girls and the winner of the Best Performance track. The team manager’s job is never easy but with this age group, there was an excellent squad with some superb young athletes. One exceptional girl turned out time and time again putting in wonderful performances and amassing many points for the team. She competed in either the 800m or 1500m and was a medallist at 800m in the English Schools Championships in Gateshead. She also achieved top positions in County and National competitions – a fine ambassador for the Club.. LYDIA HALLAM

The Best Performance field award in this age group goes to athlete who not only scored many valuable points for the team throughout the season but also broke some long standing club records in her chosen event, the pole vault. She wasn’t content to break the U15 girls record but went on to break the U17 and U20 women’s records as well. By the end of the season, she achieved an amazing 2.73m. We’re sure that those records will be increased even further next year and that the English Schools competition will also feature in her athletics timetable. MERCY GUTTERIDGE

As I said a moment or two ago, the U15 girls squad was fantastic in 2011 with so many willing athletes ready to compete and the team manager found it hard to select just one athlete for the Team Member award. The decision was whittled down to two girls who turned out for every meeting, trained very hard and earned many valuable points – not only in their usual events but in others for which they volunteered. Teenage girls can dig their heels in when asked to do something they don’t wish to do but these two are the exception to the rule. Without hesitation, they stepped in when asked to do so. Both athletes are to be congratulated for being such brilliant team players. TOMI AKINGBADE and RACHEL FORDER.

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 was originally drawn to the sport to sprint but, like many sprinters, has also done well at Long Jump. He was a regular at league meetings and has achieved a position on the StatPack with his 100m PB of 11.6.  TOBI ADEYEMI

The Club Best Performance award for field events goes to a young man who was a regular at league meetings in the throws, specifically discus and hammer but he was also a versatile athlete who did very well in the middle distance events and always obliged when asked to run in either of the relays. He is also a super pole vaulter and his name features on the Club’s all-time top-10. ED THOMPSON

Finally, in this under-15 boys age group, we come to the Team Member award. It goes to a young man who was a regular at each meeting and who competed in seven different events encompassing sprints, middle distance, throws and jumps. Always prepared to step in to help but also to try something new and it this that led him to his best event, the pole vault where he features on the Clubs all-time top-10. LEWIS MIDDLETON.

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 was virtually unbeaten during the season as she continued to improve in the sprints. She didn’t miss a single competition and was always focussed and determined. She features in the all-time top-10 list for all four sprints and is high up on the Power of 10 list. She also brought the team home first in the 4 x 100m relay on many occasions including a superb team time in the Essex Relay Championships. She is a credit to the club for her willingness, motivation and polite behaviour.. MODUPE SHOKUMBI

The Club Best Performance award for the field events in this category goes to a fine, all-round athlete. She jumps and sprints to a high standard and she is a cheerful member of the squad who gave 100% on every occasion. She began the season high jumping but it soon became apparent that she is also a talented long jumper. She was also a part of the successful 4 x 100m relay squad, famed for pulling away down the back straight and she was the regular ‘A’ string hurdler. ANNIE MAGUIRE

The Team Member award in this age group goes to a young lady who was very supportive of the Club, always happy to step in where there was a space on the team sheet and always giving 100%.  However, the added factor that won her this award was her happy smile and level of commitment (never missed a meeting). Her main events were over middle distance but she also won good points in the long jump, throws and relays, always trying to better her PBs GEMMA ARCHER-HAL:EY.

And so the under-13 boys and the Best Club Performance track award. It goes to an athlete who impressed greatly throughout the season. His consistency won many races and he was unbeaten at 800m in the Eastern Young League. He was top of the U13 rankings for 2011 for 100m, 200m and 800m. He also features well in the Club’s all-time top-10 listings for each of those events and finished high on the UK rankings for 200m and 800m. A stylish and dedicated runner  BENJAMIN ELLIS

The Best Club Performance for field events oes to an athlete who enjoys training and competing in equal measure. He had a good season in Shot and Discus constantly looking to improve at every opportunity which helped him to finish top of the Club rankings for  both events. He is also a very promising Javelin thrower and should prove to be a useful asset when he moves up to the U15s next season JOHN NELSON

Now to the Team Member award and and it has been won by a spirited young athlete who competed in a variety of different events. Always gave of his best whether in 100m, 200m or relay on the track or High Jump and Long Jump in the field. He even filled in at 1500m on one occasion to help the team out and won the ‘B’ string event for his efforts.  He has a great attitude and is a very keen Club athlete MORGAN SEAMAN

We now come to the second of the special awards being presented this evening and it is the Cleanaway Havering Best Relay Performance trophy. The Cleanaway Havering organisation contributed some £50,000 towards the costs of refurbishing the track and field facilities here at the Stadium some seven years ago and the trophy was presented for the first time at that time. It wasn’t an easy choice this time around with three teams winning gold at the Essex County Relay Championships in July – the under-13 girls 4 x 100m squad including Tomi Akingbade and Annie Maguire who received trophies earlier, and the U17 Men’s Medley Relay Squad. But the trophy goes to the powerful U17 Men's 4 x 400m squad who were much too strong for the opposition, winning in 3m 31 secs.  DALE MARKS-SWAIN, GEORGE HADLER, DANNY WILSON and JOSHUA OLAWORE.

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 taking the trophy for the second year in succession.  Her achievements in the season under review included Gold medals in the discus, javelin and hammer at the Essex County Championships with silver in the Shot, gold medals in Discus and Shot in the Eastern Championships with silver in the Hammer, Gold in the Discus at Essex Schools and also the South of England Championships, silver in the Discus at the English Athletics Championships and, finally, the gold medal in the Discus at the crème de la crème of young athletes competitions, the English Schools Championships.GEORGIE TAYLOR.

This year, the equivalent award for males in the age range U13 –U17 is shared between two outstanding young athletes who have brought tremendous credit to the Club. The first of these included the following among his 2011 achievements – gold medals in long jump and pentathlon and silver 60m hurdles South of England Championships, gold in 60m hurdles, long jump (new championship best) and 200m Essex Indoor Championships, gold in 60m hurdles, long jump and 200m (with two new championship bests) Eastern Counties Indoor Championships, gold in both 60m hurdles and long jump London Indoor Championships, silver in the England Athletics combined events pentathlon, gold in the 60m hurdles England U15 Championships, three golds at Essex Championships with two new Championship bests and two more golds at the Eastern Counties Championships. …………and there is a lot more including  a tremendous silver at the English Schools Championships in long jump. He holds Club records for 80m hurdles, 60m hurdles, long jump and pentathlon. Finally, at last weekend’s Schools Combined Events International in Glasgow, he took the silver medal in his age group including a new hurdles PB.

The other joint winner also had an awesome year with gold medals in hurdles and triple jump at Essex Championships, gold again at Essex Schools in the Triple Jump, two more golds representing Essex in Inter-Counties competition at hurdles and triple jump, 6th in the triple jump final at English Schools, gold again at the English Schools Eastern Region Multi Events Final in the Octathlon, and again in the English Athletics Championships (long jump gold and hurdles bronze) and first in the boys Octathlon event at National Schools event in Exeter. Finally, he won the gold medal in his age group at last weekends Schools Combined Events International in Glasgow. Two fantastic ambassadors for the Club – ALEX LAW and JOSHUA OLAWORE.

Now to the age group U20 – Veterans and we start with the ladies.  and with a young lady who has featured in this award ceremony on several occasions over the years since joining the Club as a thirteen year old. Since then she has possibly amassed as many points for the Club as any other female athlete due to her splendid multi-event capabilities. Sprinting, hurdling and jumping  (and sometimes the throws) come naturally to her and she is a vitally important member of the senior ladies squad. In 2011, she had another very good season beginning with the silver medal in the Essex Championships 100m Hurdles event. She then went on to win gold in the same event and the 400m Hurdles at the Eastern  Inter-Counties Championships and she finished the season with another silver medal in the Eastern Counties Pentathlon Championships.  CLAIRE BRENNAN.

We now come to the male age range U20 – Veterans and it goes to a young athlete who this time last year was picking up this award in the younger age group. 2011 saw him continue to improve with a series of fine performances, the highlights of which included triple jump bronze in the English Schools Championships with a leap of just under 15m, gold medal at triple jump in the English Athletics Championships and gold again when representing England in the Schools International. In addition, he took more golds at the Eastern Inter-Counties Championships and the Southern Inter-Counties Championships and won the triple jump silver medal at the prestigious Commonwealth Youth Games held in the Isle of Man. Finally, he recently received the OCS Young Sports Person of the Year Award (run in partnership with SportsAid) for the London East Region. JIMI TELE



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