Wimborne Athletic Club Presentation Evening – 7 December
of WAC’s stars of 2012 – Grace Copeland, Bethan Burley and Pippa Hine
growth in membership at Wimborne Athletic Club this year has been such
that the clubs annual awards evening had to be split in to two. On
Friday the track and field section had their presentation evening with
the roadrunners event still to come in a week’s time.
opening remarks Chairman Peter Impett highlighted the work of the
volunteer coaches, officials and administrators and estimated that they
were giving at least 3,500 hours per year to the community. Notable
milestones in the year included having four members carrying the Olympic
torch, success at Sports:Hall, in cross-country and in roadrunning, and
the start of regular sessions at the Blandford Camp track. The Olympics
effect had brought a sharp increase in the number attending sessions
particularly in the under-11s age group. The most significant
achievement during the year was winning the Division 2 title in the
South West League and the consequent promotion to Division 1 for 2013.
club had recently successfully completed its accreditation under the
Clubmark scheme and the chairman was able to present Glyn Davies, who
had carried out much of the work, with the framed citation.
under-11 age group trophies were won by Abbie White and Tom Morrison,
the under-13s were won by Tom Stokes and by Bethan Burley who also won
the Wimborne Engraving female throws trophy. Kelly Snook and Liam Winton
won the under-15s trophy with Liam also taking the Wimborne Engraving
male throws trophy. Sharon Hutchings was the highest points scorer
among the under-17 women as well as taking the female middle distance
trophy. Best under-17 man was Christian Flavell. Trudi Carter and Paul
Flavell won the senior trophies.
Trophies for the single outstanding performances of the year went to
Matt Curtis for his English Schools hurdles and to Grace Copeland for
the 800 metres. Ryan Webb won the Best Newcomer Award and the High Jump
Cup with a new under-15 club record of 1m76. Pippa Hine won the Carole
Hollins long jump and the sprints cups, Ronnie De Bique won the Hurdles
Cup and Ryan Walbridge the Middle Distance Male Cup. Ryan Long took the
pole vault trophy, Bethan Burley, the trophy for javelin and the
multi-events trophy was shared by Paul Flavell and Matt Curtis. Hannah
Winton retained the Jonathan Edwards triple jump trophy. The Hill Ford
best team prize was won by the under-13 girls relay team beaten only
once all season.
back room boys were also rewarded. Glyn Davies and Graham Beddow shared
the Robin Blackburn trophy for their volunteering work, Peter Impett won
the Clare Bailey trophy, Ian Kennedy won coach of the year and Ed Arnold
won the Les Phillips trophy for his major contribution to the life of
evening then continued with a disco provided by the clubs very own disc
jockey Ian ‘Night Train’ Kennedy.
Wimborne track and field
athletes – Gangnam style!