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WAC Awards Night – 12 November 2011

Chairman, 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 Goodwood.

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 else besides.

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.


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