WAC Awards Night – 12 November 2011
Peter Impett, reports.
Wimborne Athletic Club held its annual presentation
evening and packed Wimborne Town FC’s social club to the rafters.
Chairman Peter Impett laid emphasis on teamwork and highlighted the
club’s success on the roads with the Wimborne 10 coming up on 20th
November, track and field where the club had had its best year in the
South West League for some time, and over the country where that morning
the club had had its best ever results in the Hampshire League at
Paloma Eden won the under-11 trophy and Grace
Copeland retained the trophy for best Junior. The age group categories
are determined by the number of points scored for the club. In the
under-13s this was shared by Piers Copeland who also won the male middle
distance trophy and Ryan Long who won the hurdles trophy. Kelly Snook
won the trophy for the best under-13 girl. Sharon Hutchings won the
female middle distance award and also the under-15 girls title and Ryan
Wallbridge took the under 15 boys cup. Jack Snook won the under-17 male
cup with Hannah Winton taking the female equivalent and the Jonathan
Edwards tankard for triple jump. Hannah won the best individual
performance trophy for her performance at the English Schools and Jack
won the male counterpart for his performance at the South of England
Championships in the pole vault. Trudi Carter claimed the senior ladies
trophy with Paul Flavell taking the male prize.
Archie Watts was voted the club’s best sprinter and
the Carol Hollins Trophy for Long Jump was won by Paris La Bouchardiere.
Alfie Beddow and Bethan Burley won the best thrower awards and Matt
Curtis won the high jump trophy. Recognising new strengths in the club
the inaugural award for pole vault was won by Tom Boulton. Another new
trophy, this time for multi-events was awarded to Annabelle Brown for
her 13th place in the English Schools event. Annabelle also
won the javelin trophy.
Roadrunning trophies were presented on the basis of
results in the club championship. Lynn Hutchings was top lady and the
age group trophies went to Becka Hughes under-40s, Wendy Kennedy
under-50s, Julie Gosling under-60s and Barbara Frampton over-60s. Jerry
Shield was top man and the age group trophies were won by John Hutchings
under-40s, Richard Swindlehurst under-50s, Nick Solomon under-60s and
Gerry Hutchings over-60s. The best marathon performance was awarded to
Nicki Roe for her time in the North Dorset Marathon. Andy Olden won the
Roadmaster Trophy for covering more race miles than anyone else and much
Tom Bourne was voted the club’s best track and field
newcomer. Gill May won the Robin Blackburn clubman award for all the
volunteer help that she has given. Biggest cheer of the evening went up
for Callum Kennedy who won the Clare Bailey Trophy for endeavour and the
huge improvement he has shown in his times over the year.
Finally the club were proud to present the top coach
award to Dave Pearson and the prestigious Les Phillips trophy to Paula
Hine for a huge contribution to the life of the club over the year.
The Chairman summed up by picking up on the huge
opportunities for athletics resulting from the 2012 Olympics and
finished by getting the younger athletes to focus on the World
Championships coming to London in 2017.
Members were then entertained by the Night Train
disco and the first public performance of the Wimborne Athletic Club’s
Rap with vocal by Grace Copeland and friends.