XC Awards Night – 28 April 2013
Georgia Dudman reports on awards night
for our most successful XC season yet.
On Sunday evening we held our annual
cross-country prize giving ceremony. The event took place at the
Matchams Snowtrax Ski Centre in Christchurch where younger - and a few
brave adult - members enjoyed racing down the artificial slopes on giant
rubber ringos. The weather was pleasantly cool and there was a great
family atmosphere garnished with tea and an impressive cake made by one
of the club’s dedicated members, Zoe Bourne.
Various prizes in different categories
were awarded. Ian Kennedy who was handing out the awards stressed that
it had been very tough to choose winners, as it had been a very
successful season for everyone at WAC.
First of all, prizes were awarded to
well-deserving new members: Female and Male Rookie prizes went to
Jessica Bourne and Matt Yates, respectively. Next, Most Improved Female
went to Rebecca ‘Scooter’ Skeats – recognition that two years’ of real
commitment is now bringing rewards, while Most Improved Male was awarded
to Tom Bourne. Tom’s enjoyed many highlights this season including being
Wessex League and Dorset County Champion in his age group, but perhaps
his greatest achievement was finishing 21st in the National
An overall prize for best cross-country
runner of each gender was awarded. Grace Copeland won Top Female. Grace
has had another phenomenal season, she is Wessex League and Dorset
County Champion, she finished 19th in the Nationals and also
put in some excellent performances in the McCains series … and all this
with still another year to come in the under-13s age group.
Jason Sotheran’s extraordinary season
saw him take the Top Male. Jason is under-15 Dorset County Champion and
in a season where he had so many good days perhaps his 16th
place in the Nationals should be singled out.
Perhaps emphasizing how hard is has
been to decide awards this year, due to the quality of competition we
had one County Champion who didn’t feature in the individual awards at
all, as well as an incredible six Wessex League Champions in their
age-groups who dipped out.
A large number of members won
‘fidelity’ awards, which are awarded to Wimborne AC’s most dedicated
members who have managed to participate in every league race.
Firstly, Wessex League Fidelity prizes went to
Jessica Bourne, Bethanie Kingswell-Farr,
Max Meadwell, Pippa Hine, John Hutchings, Gerry Hutchings, Simon Bourne,
and Pete Kingswell-Farr. Then, Hampshire League Fidelity prizes were won
by Tom Boulton, Jason Sotheran, Piers Copeland, Ella Hearne, Matt Yates,
Graeme Furley, Steve Wyatt and Ian Kennedy.
Remarkably, some incredibly dedicated
members snatched up the Super Fidelity prize,
which is achieved by participating in all
Wessex and all
Hampshire League races. Prizes went to Elise Gill, Tom Bourne, Abbie
Hine, Maddie Williams, Sharon Hutchings, Ryan Walbridge, and Callum
award for the best team within WAC went to our Senior Men. They won
promotion from Division 2 of the Hampshire League, and most of that team
made up the Veterans team that also won promotion into the top flight in
the Hampshire League. In the Wessex League our men finished the year as
Last but not least, the
Jean Frost Trophy was presented. This is given for great commitment to
the cross-country part of the club. This year, it was awarded to the
Bourne Family. Quite apart from supplying the club with four athletes,
they bring a tremendous generosity of spirit to our community. There
have been many examples of this over the course of the season. For
instance, when Charlotte was unable to compete through injury she became
our first-aider, but perhaps the most obvious example of the Bournes’
largesse was illustrated with their commitment to overcoming the
logistical nightmare of getting our finest athletes to Sunderland for
the National Championships in February.
Many athletes left with
trophies in their hands after what had been a very exciting evening. The
ceremony was followed by a slice of Zoe Bourne’s masterpiece and a
photograph of the grinning prizewinners.