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Chairman’s Report 2010 – Look to the future

The Chairman’s report is traditionally a review of the year’s activities but before I start on that I would like to turn the eyes of all the club’s members to the future. 

You will notice when the presentations are made that more of the awards are going to the younger athletes. There are some really bright stars who have still not reached the age that UK Athletics considers for competition under its rules. We find it difficult to get competition for them and the challenge for us is to create a club and competitive environment which keeps them interested in the sport. At the same time we are still losing older athletes and the Committee doesn’t get any younger.  We need some new blood on the Committee and amongst our helpers to ensure that we can give the athletes what they need and that coaches and administrators can draw satisfaction from seeing them progress.  Please think about it and join the debate on what sort of club members want and how it can be achieved.  How can you help?

Amongst the successes this year are the continuing upsurge in interest in cross-country and middle distance running ably led by Ian Kennedy and his team.  Roadrunning continues to attract the crowds and we hope for good weather for our own Wimborne 10. The under-13 girls Sports:Hall is getting good turnouts and we continue to do well in some technical events such as triple jump and pole vault.

There was some increase in the numbers attending the South West League and though we remained in last place the overall performance was much better than the previous year. If we could fill more of the senior events our points total could improve significantly. The club made a solid contribution to keeping Team Dorset in the Southern Premier Division of the Young Athletes League and stepped up to the mark to supply athletes and officials in the Southern Men’s and Southern Women’s leagues. These leagues may change in 2011 and we will have to assess developments as they happen.

Cross-country is very healthy. We are making a real impression in the Hampshire League and have taken on a lot of the operational work to keep the Wessex League going. The cross-country squad will have its own presentation event in April. 

The roadrunners continue to attract new members and the red and black is seen all over the South and in some distant and far flung locations worldwide.  We have this year decided to award additional trophies for roadrunning to reflect the level of interest.  More roadrunning representatives on the club’s committee would help us to keep pace with the needs and aspirations of this section. The club continues to punch above its weight in the Dorset Road Race League and if you read the excellent Roadrunners Newsletter you will see tales of excellent performances and hard graft from across the country and beyond.

Our coaches continue to willingly offer their services to all comers and they are to be congratulated and thanked for their work. The club is very pleased to have Paula Hine on the team to give hurdling a boost but we still need to strengthen the coaching team particularly with support for Glyn on throws. 

Parents have responded well to ‘on the day’ requests to help with officiating but it would be useful to take some through to a qualification. Dick is also looking for an apprentice starter!

My thanks to the committee particularly Glyn and Richard who have taken on additional work in respect of our participation in the Team Dorset Network.    Again responding to new initiatives takes somebody’s time and new help would be welcomed.

Our thanks must go to Clare and Roz for keeping us social.

The club needs to move forward but it needs more help to do it.

And if anyone has a burning desire to be chairman………!

Peter Impett

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