Summer 2013 Annual Track and Field Awards Presentation

Havering Bowls Club 15 November 2013 

 (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 2013.

As is usual since he became Club President, the awards are being presented this evening by Kevin White. Kevin has  served the Club with great credit for many years as an athlete, coach, team manager and mentor. As ever, the respective team managers have selected most of the winners.

The 2012 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 13/under 15 squad won their division of the Youth Development League and are promoted to the Premier Division whilst the Under 17/Under 20s maintained their place in Division One. The Eastern Young Athletes League team were always competitive and reached the Top 6 Final. Sadly the senior men were unable to maintain third British League status and slip down a division, but the senior women retained their status in the UK Women's League. The combined women and men’s Southern Athletics League team, had another good first season at the higher level and hosted their first senior competition at Hornchurch Stadium for many years.

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.

The first award is the Club Best Performance on the Track by a Male Veteran and it goes to a fine athlete winning the award for the third year in succession. He is a Life Member of the Club who has maintained his zest for competition. After a serious operation that would have kept many out of action for a long time, he has come back to competition, beating many far younger than him and that’s even with the added handicap of babysitting between events! He can also often be heard cajoling and encouraging his team-mates. More recently in September, he won the silver medal in the Masters M35 category in the 3k Steeplechase. JASON LENDON.

The next award is the Club Best Performance in the Field by a Male Veteran and what can we say that hasn’t already been said about the recipient. Motivator, team captain and still the ultimate multi-event competitor that not even an early season broken collar bone in winning the Essex County Vets Championships at 400m could keep him away for long. His enthusiasm and competitive nature really gets his team-mates up for the challenge. MARK BISHOP

The Team Member award by a Male Veteran goes to another of the Club’s stalwarts who had a successful season in track and field, entering the record books again for his performances in 400m Hurdles, 3000m, 3000m Steeplechase and Javelin. When he’s not involved in an event, he can often be found raking a pit or measuring throws. A really good servant to the Club year in, year out PAUL BERRETT.

Since the winner of the Track Best Performance for Senior Women made her debut in the senior leagues some 16 years ago as an under-17, she has racked up countless points for Club teams and has always been one of the first names on the team sheet. She missed only one senior fixture all season in the Southern and UK Leagues, competing in both hurdles events in every fixture, often notching up win doubles and covering other events when requested and always scoring highly for the team cause. She also represented Essex at Inter-Counties. It’s not surprising that she has been a regular at these awards. CLAIRE BRENNAN.

The Senior Women's Club Best Performance Field award goes to a young lady who has continued her successful return towards her best after a long lay-off due to serious injury. Ever present in both senior leagues, she reclaimed her place as the Club’s ‘A’ string javelin thrower winning the gold medal in the Essex County Championships. She also regularly contested the 100m and Hammer improving her personal bests in both events. The winner for the second consecutive year is EMMA CHRISTMAS.

A series of leg injuries didn’t stop the winner of the Team Member award in the Senior Women's category from competing in all but one of the senior league matches despite being unable to race. She scored important points for the Club in the shot, discus and hammer events – setting PBs in hammer and discus – and she even tackled the pole vault on two occasions and managed to return to the track in her favoured 400m in the final UK league match helping the squad retain its league place. Now back on track, we look forward to the return of NINA BRENNAN.

The winner of the Club Best Performance on the Track by a Senior Man goes to somebody who continued in 2013 where he left off in the previous two seasons. In his third year as a senior man, he performed excellently, especially in his specialist event, the 400m Hurdles where he was unbeaten in league matches all season and where he is ranked 2nd on the Club’s all-time list. Retaining this award for the third year and with prospects of even better to come in 2014, the winner is  ISAAC OGUNLADE.

The Club Best Performance in the Field by a Senior Man goes to another Life Member who has acquitted himself magnificently. He may not be as flamboyant as others but quietly goes about his disciplines and gets those extra valuable points for the team, always there to encourage and guide newcomers and is totally reliable. He is also helping to ensure the Club’s future with another  baby this year who we will be seeing dressed in blue and yellow next year. ARRON BONNING

The Team Member award in the Senior Men goes to goes to one of the younger members of the senior ranks who can always be found volunteering to cover every event. It may be more accurate to say that the team manager ‘volunteered him’ for every event. His attitude and determination to compete to the best of his ability makes him a team manager’s delight. Even when injured, he volunteers and he has now entered the all-time top-twenty for Insane Club Members.  Collecting the award for the third year in successionJEREMY WATSON

Now to the U20 Women and the Club Best Performance on the Track award and it goes to an athlete who competed well in the first of her three years in this Junior age group. She was ever present in the Youth Development League  where she turned her attention to two events for the first time – scoring well in the 1500m Steeplechase and 400m Hurdles – and also adding county silver medals in the 3000m and 2000m Steeplechase. We look forward to more to come from ISABELLA WOODS

The winner of the  U20 Women's Club Best Performance in the Field award has retained the title that she won last year. She scored maximum points in her javelin speciality in every Club meeting she contested except one when she was runner-up, and also improved her Shot PB and competed in Hammer, Discus and sprints. She won County javelin silver and placed a fine 5th in the English Schools Championships. Now studying at Hertfordshire University, the winner is DEBORAH KNIGHT

The winner of the U20 Women’s Team Member award goes to a young athlete who is still fairly new to athletics competition. She competed well and recorded her first winning performance in the Youth Development League and also represented the Southern League and UK Women’s teams improving her personal bests in her main 100m and Long Jump events and also doing well in the Triple Jump. With another year in the age group, we look forward to more improvement from NINA OLATUNBOSUN

Now to Junior Men and the winner of the Club Best Performance on the Track award goes to a young man who had a fantastic season. With 400m Hurdles his speciality event, he had a great start to the year winning the Essex County Championship in May in a time that ranks him 3rd on the Club’s all-time list in his first year in the age group. He narrowly missed out on a medal when finishing an impressive 4th in the English Schools Championships in Birmingham and racked up seven first places in League matches for the Club. A dedicated athlete who demonstrates that hard work in training pays off.  GEORGE HADLER

The award for Best Performance in the Field by a Junior Man goes to a young man who only joined the Club this year and who was a regular in the League meetings amassing a large number of points, especially at his preferred jumping events. He is now ranked in the top-20 on the Club’s all-time list for Senior Men at High Jump and is likely to move up that list next season. His long and triple jump efforts have also brought fine points for the Club and he always wants to be a member of the relay squad. A dedicated athlete who always has a smile on his face  – JOHN ADEKOYA

The Team Member award in this age group competed for the Club in the new Youth Development League upper age group and also made his debut in the British League. He covered all manner of events during the season encompassing, throws, jumps and even the Steeplechase in addition to his favourite sprints and hurdles. He has another two years in the age group so we can expect great things from him next season. His versatility makes him a Team Manager’s joy: KARL TUCKER

Moving down the age groups, we come back to the girls and the Club Best Performance on the Track award by under-17This athlete proved difficult to beat in a range of sprints, hurdles and jumps events in her first year as an U17 and she was rarely out of the first two in whatever event she competed in. She won a clutch of County and South of England medals and was a finalist in the 80m Hurdles at both the English Schools and England Athletic Championships finishing the season ranked 5th on the Power of 10. An impressive talent, the winner is MICHELLE HUGHES.

The Best Performance award in the Field in this age group goes to an athlete who competed with distinction in nine of the ten young athlete’s league meetings getting better and better as the season progressed. She scored highly for the team in 100m, 200m, Long and High Jump events, making the all-time top-10 with her High Jump PB of 1.61m. With another season as an under-17, there’s much more to come in 2014 from CHENICE CONSTABLE.

Finally in this Under-17 age group, we come to the Team Member award. The winner was another team regular having switched successfully to sprints, jumps and shot from the middle distance events and recording a range of good PBs in her first full year of league competition. Her late season triple jump efforts earned her a place in the Club’s StatPack. She gives total commitment in training and is a fine example to other team members. LOUISE LEAR

Moving to the Under-17 men where the Best Performance on the Track award is a dedicated and committed member of the Club who had an excellent season as a first year U17. He regularly represented the Club at 400m and 400m Hurdles as well as helping out with other events. He won the gold medal in the Essex County Championships in the 400m Hurdles and won the silver medal at the South of England Championships in the 2nd fastest time ever by a Club U17,  placing him 7th nationally.  He also finished 1st in the Inter-Counties Championships representing Essex. A fine young  athlete – THOMAS PITKIN

The Best Performance Field award goes to a young man who joined the Club as an U15 and quickly settled into the role of a committed, motivated and enthusiastic club member. As an U17, he won the bronze medal in the Discus event at the Essex County Championships and regularly represented the Club at Discus and 400m. Even when an injury prevented him from running, he continued to turn out to support the team and take part in the throwing events MICHAEL DUNCAN

The winner of the Under-17s Men's Team Member award is a relatively new member of the Club and this past season was his first experience of track and field competition. He proved to be a committed and valuable member of the U17 team and could always be relied upon to support other team members and fill in where necessary. He regularly represented the Club at 800m, 1500m and High Jump and also represented Essex at the Inter-Counties Championships. ABDUL MOHAMED

Down another age group to the Under-15 girls and the winner of the Best Performance Track. It goes to a dedicated and extremely talented athlete winning the award for the second year in succession. She is ranked 1st on the Club’s all-time list at 100m and 2nd for 200m. She didn’t miss a league meeting all season scoring a large number of points. She won gold at 100m and 200m at the Essex County Championships and only one of her worst starts of the season prevented her winning gold at the English Schools Championships taking the silver medal in front of the Sky TV cameras. Ranked No 1 for 100m on the Power of 10 - MODUPE SHOKUNBI

The Best Performance Field award in this age group in this age group goes to a young athlete who had a terrific season particularly in her preferred event, the Discus. In league meetings, she was unbeaten except for one competition. She won gold at the Essex County Championships and also at Essex Schools  going on to finish a superb 6th at the English Schools Championships.  She was also 5th in the South of England Championships. Back in league competition, she picked up points consistently in the Shot and Hammer events. A dedicated athlete both in training and competition – FREYA GUTTERIDGE

The Team Member award in this age group is invariably highly competitive and this year was no exception. The winner enjoyed a good season in her first year in the age group, consistently earning points for the team in Hurdles and High Jump.  She is a real team player and often helped by filling gaps in other events. At the end of the season, she stepped in at the last minute in the Essex Relay Championships helping her team-mates to win the bronze medal. HOLLY NASH

Now to the Under-15 Boys and the winner of the Best Club Performance Track award and it goes to an athlete whose dominant performances especially in the 300m and 800m events were a real positive for the team. He comfortably headed the Club rankings in these events as well as the 200m. He set a Club record in the 300m and used tactical awareness to bring home the 4 x 300m team to register another Club record. In a highly competitive race, he also took the silver medal in the 800m at the Essex County Championships. This young man has huge potential – BENJAMIN ELLIS

The U15 Club Best Performance award for Field events goes to a talented young athlete with excellent ability and technique at Javelin. He regularly scored highly for the team and finished the season ranked 11th in the UK – a tremendous achievement. He was 5th in the South of England Championships and was also always happy to contribute when required at 100m, 200m, Shot and relay gaining valuable points.  He also represented Kent at Inter-Counties. SONNY NASH

Finally, in this Under-15 boys age group, we come to the Team Member award. It goes to a young man who, when asked by the Team Manager, was always willing to try different events to help the team cause. These included hurdles, high jump, long jump, 100m and relay in addition to his favoured events, the 1500m and hammer. A pleasant and easy going young man who blended in very well with his team-mates. ZACK KILLORAN.

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 an excellent competitor who was consistently strong in the middle distance events heading the Club rankings and featuring in the all-time top-10 at both 800m and 1200m. When asked, she was always willing to step up to the U15s and continued to impress. At the Essex County Championships, she won the gold medal at 800m and 1200m. An ever present at training, she is a very deserving winner of this award. REBECCA BROWN

The Club Best Performance award for the Field events in this category goes to a young lady who has already demonstrated tremendous potential as a multi-eventer. She had a fine season in the Discus and High Jump events always in the top-three and leading the Club rankings in both events. As the season progressed, she also showed talent for the hurdles and javelin events. At the Essex County Championships, she won silver medals in the High Jump and 70m Hurdles MAYI HUGHES

The Team Member award goes to yet another young lady from the same training group who competed regularly throughout the season and made useful contributions when asked to help out at hurdles, the longer sprints and, particularly, the long jump which saw continuous improvement. She also ran well as a member of the relay team and is an ever present at training. HOLLIE KING.

And so the Under-13 boys and the Best Club Performance Track award. It goes to an athlete who was outstanding in the sprints all season. He easily headed the Club rankings at 100m and 200m and clearly has the ability to improve still further as he has another year in the U13 age group. In the Essex County Championships, he won gold at 200m and silver at 100m. For good measure, he is a very useful long jumper. 2014 should be very special for JAIRZINHO MORRIS

The Best Club Performance for Field events in this age group goes to an astonishing young athlete who smashed the County Championship Javelin record for his age group by over 10m – an awesome performance. His javelin efforts in league competition saw him head the Club’s all-time list and he still has another season in the age group. He also turned in solid performances in the Discus and High Jump events. He is also comfortable at 100m, hurdles and relay proving a real asset to the Team Manager. MAX LAW

Now to the Team Member award and and it has been won by a young athlete who showed brilliant team spirit by competing in numerous events, some at short notice, when asked to do so by the Team Manager. These included High Jump, Hurdles, Shot and Discus in addition to his regular sprints and relay appearances. He enjoys his training and should show considerable improvement next year. AARON FRESHWATER

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 (now known as Veolia) contributed some 50,000 towards the costs of refurbishing the track and field facilities here at the Stadium some nine years ago and the trophy has been presented annually since then. This time around, the selection of the best performance was an easy one. At the National Youth Development League meeting on the 30th of June, the Under 17 4 x 300m girls’ squad ran a brilliant race to smash the Club record by over three seconds in a time of 2min 55.9secs. You will know who the girls are when I tell you that Georgie was in close contention on the first lap, Sarah built up a clear lead extended by Heidi with Michelle storming home on the anchor leg. Congratulations to  GEORGIE TAYLOR, SARAH WILSON, HEIDI SURMAN-WELLS and MICHELLE HUGHES.

Finally, we come to the special awards presented for Best Performances by the Club Committee performances outside the usual Club/League competitions.

The first of these is for Females in the age range U13 – u17 a truly remarkable young athlete taking the trophy for the fourth year in succession.  Her achievements in the season under review were many including the Gold medal in the Discus at the English Athletics Championships. She also represented Great Britain in the World Youth Championships in Ukraine. She is ranked 1st on the Power of 10 for Discus and set a new Club record for U17 Discus. GEORGIE TAYLOR.

This year, the equivalent award for Males in the age range U13 –U17 goes to an exceptionally talented young athlete whose season, to a very large extent, was ruined by injury. When he was eventually able to compete, however, he proved yet again what a force he is on the National stage, winning Long Jump gold at the England Athletics Indoor Championships and silver in the England Championships and being ranked 3rd on the Power of 10.  ALEX LAW

Now to the male age group U20 – Veterans and it goes to another multi-talented athlete who had another very good season culminating with the bronze medal in the English Schools Combined Championships (including victories in the 100m and Long Jump) and 6th place in a very competitive Long Jump competition at the English Schools Championships.  Ranked 8th for U20 Men’s Decathlon on the Power of 10, the winner is JOSHUA OLAWORE.   

…..and now we come to the final award of the evening and this is for Services to Coaching. It was established some years ago in memory of Sydney Edwards, one of the rocks on which the Club was established. Syd is still fondly remembered by those who knew him as a man who loved the sport and cared very much for his athletes. A number of the Club’s Coaches have received the award since its inception but I have to say that none has been more deserving than this evening’s recipient.

The man concerned – an athlete in his younger years with Essex Beagles - had a superb competitive record including holding the Essex County Long Jump record for many years. He joined Havering Athletic Club (as it was then) in 1990 when his son, Stuart, started training at Hornchurch. It wasn’t long before he agreed to start his own group specialising in long and triple jumps.

When the Club decided to set-up another facility at the Mayesbrook Arena a short while later, and living in Barking, he moved his group activities to Mayesbrook. In the following years, he consistently had a fine group of young athletes, none with a better record than Stuart who not only broke his father’s Essex record but won the Long Jump at the English Schools Championships and went on to compete for Great Britain.

Many more of this Coaches young charges, past and present, have experienced success on the local, regional, national and international stage. All have reason to be grateful for the quality of the training regimes and, just like Syd Edwards, for the care they received and still receive. Coaching sessions are always thorough, interesting, challenging and enjoyable and all of those qualities are relevant whenever a warm-weather training trip is organised.

Apart from High Jump, as a Coach I learned everything I know and practice today from this man. In addition to his Coaching role, he has also been a member of the Club’s Finance & General Purposes Committee for more years than he cares to remember and can always be relied upon to play his part in the management of the Club.

The recipient of the Services to Coaching award is TREVOR WELLS.     

 

 

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