Club Awards Evening 2009

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On Tuesday 17th November 2009 the Club held their Awards evening for the Junior Section of the Club. Awards are given to athletes who have shown ability in their chosen event or have been committed to the Club and attended the majority of meetings, home and away, during the summer season.

Athletes are only considered for an award after they have attended a minimum of 4 meetings, but so many of our athletes have attended the full 9 meetings that took place this year – thank you to all of them for their support and commitment to the Club.

The awards were presented by a coach who has recently joined us at AAC, Barry Watson. He brings with him a wealth of expertise as an Olympian having competed in Marathon at the Montreal Olympics.  He is now training our young athletes and we are very lucky to have him. Thank you Barry.

Achievement Awards to three of our national competitors

Vicky Silk

Vicky who lives in Folkestone, has just recently been granted World Class Performance Programme for Development status, which means she will get funding for her training through to 2012. Well done to Vicky. These are her achievements:
- Discus:- Stands at 18mt.04cms. representing Great Britain and Northern Ireland at the Paralympic World Team Cup in Manchester on 24th May 2009, previous best was 17mt.16cm at the British Open Champs.Manchester in June 2008.
- Shot Putt:- Stands at 6mt.14cm. In Switzerland at the IWAS World Games. It was the first time Vicky had ever thrown over 6 metres in competition. 5 of her 6 attempts were all over 6 metres, a 27cm. improvement (Superb). Her previous best was 5mt. 87cm. at the Tonbridge Easter Monday Meeting on the 12 April 2009.
- Javelin:- Stands at 18mt.91cm. at the S.E.Regional Champs at Crawley in May 2008. The Javelin has taken a back seat as there are no Javelin competitions at the Major Disability Championships other than that held in the World Dwarf Championships in July.

It is unfortunate as yet there is no Javelin Competition in such as the European Games Champs. The Commonwealth Games, the Paralympic World Games or the Olympic Games. It is hoped in years to come this will change.

Jonathon Hobbs

As our U17 walks champion Jonathon has had a fantastic 2009 as shown below:
- He won the Inter-counties U17 5km Road Walk
- He won the National U17 5km Road Walk in London. At those champs Ashford AC got 3 first places (Jon, Kate Funnel & Kelsey Howard)
- He won the Kent 3000m walk U17 champs in Ashford and won AAA 5000m walk Track Champs in Bedford, the English Schools 5000m walk Intermediate in Bedford, and competed in the National 10km Road champs U17 (came 9th in Senior race) in Leicester
- He has also represented England U18 against Ireland in Dublin and competed in the English Schools Intermediates against Ireland, Scotland & Wales in Belfast.

Well done to Jonathon.

Kate Funnell

Kate has also had a fantastic year – well done Kate:
- Kate won AAA’s Gold
- She competed in the National U17 5km Road Walk, London, at those champs Ashford AC got 3 first places (Jon, Kate Funnel & Kelsey Howard) and in September 2009 she was awarded the Silver medal at the English Schools Combined Bedford
- AND Kate is also Kent champ at pole vault.


Lucy Holmes Girls Captain, Amber Regardsoe Girls Vice Captain.
Blake Robinson Boys Captain, Tom Snare Boys Vice Captain.

U13 Boys Awards

- Oliver Williams received three awards for the 100m Sprint, High Jump and Throws. Oliver won most of his events this year, and he is the current Kent U13 100m champion. He is ranked 6th nationally for high jump and he represented Kent at an Inter-counties match.
- Alex Lynch was awarded the hurdles trophy along with Aaron Meakin who have both had a great year.
- The distance award was given to Daniel Steadman who has had a great year and will remain in the U13s next year.
The merits awards were awarded to:
- U13s Jumps Merit – Ben Isaac
- U13s Throws Merit Luke Busumbru (Kent Champs Discus Silver Medal)
- U13s Throws Merit – Morgan Regardsoe
- U13 Distance Merit – Kyle Denning
- U13 All round Merit – George Hogben
- U13 All round Merit – Lewis Hagger
- The U13 improvement award was given to Paul Ross who knocked 20secs off his 800m personal best – well done Paul.
- The U13s Manager’s award was given to Aaron Meakin who came out to 7 matches and was always willing to have a go at different events.

U13s Girls Awards

- For the U13s Girls, Rebecca Roddy received the Walks award after becoming the Kent U13 champion for the 2k walk.
- Emily Hamlyn received the Sprints and Hurdles award for her first year in the U13s and for having attended 8 matches this summer.
- Polly Abbott received the U13s Throws award for shot putt and javelin and
Erin Maxwell also received a throws award for discus.
- The U13 merit awards were given to Kate Lillington for improving all the time and also to Megan Lillington for the various distances she competes in.
- The U13 hurdles award was given to Rebecca Cock who turned out for 7 matches and Georgia Bamford received the U13 improvement award for her improved running, long Jump, and shot and for attending 8 out of the 9 matches.

The Manager’s Award was given to Emily Hamlyn for attending 8 out of 9 matches and in one meeting, Emily fell at the last hurdle, grazed her knee but she still got up and finished the race – well done Emily.

A special award was given to Emem Umoh who is new to Ashford AC but she broke a Club record in the 75m at the KYAL meeting with her time of 10.5 secs.

U15 Boys Awards

- Stevie Walder was given the U15 sprints award. He won the U15 pentathlon championships and is the 2009 Kent Schools 200m Champ.
- Nathan Fatola won the award for the jumps – he is the Kent U15 long jump champion
- Tom Snare was awarded the throws trophy for the discus and shot putt and he is the Kent U15 champion and Jake Berry was also awarded a throws trophy for javelin, winning in most matches that he competed in this year.
- U15 Distance award was given to Jack Wreathall and the Distance merit award was given to Declan O’Driscall.
- Jack Huxley received the pole vault award and he has been selected for the Kent squads this year.
- The u15 improvement awards were given to Neil Daughters and Callum Burgess who are always willing to do lots of events – thank you Neil and Callum. 

The U15 Manager’s Award was given to Harry Middleton who attended 7 matches and has a go at lots of different events and will still be in the U15 age group next year – well done Harry.

U15 Girls Awards

- Abigail Purkis who was given the sprints award. She attained 3rd place in the Kent indoor 60m and in the Kent Schools 200m.
- U15 jumps were awarded to Sophie Hamlyn who went to 9 events this year and is our high jump champion.
- The hurdles award went to Lauren Bamford who competed in all 9 events – she is a multi event athlete.
- The U15s throws awards went to Kirsten Hooton for javelin and discus and to Lizzie Highwood for shot putt.
- Amelia Jones won the distance award and she is the Kent Schools U15 Champ.
- Kate Funnell was given the U15 pole vault award – she is the Kent pole vault champ as well as the walks champ.
- Hester Hill won the improvement award for being multi talented in the sprints, distance and jumps.

And the U15 Girls Managers’ award was given to Caitlin Dock who is always willing to compete, and has filled in for an event with 10 minutes notice when the original athlete was unable to, and she competed for AAC the day after a very late flight back from holiday.

U17 Boys Awards

- Distance award – Andy Roberts
- Hurdles award – James Ogilvy
- Pole vault award – George Huxley
- Sprints award – Tom Chambers
- Throws award – Blake Robinson
- Improvement award – Ashley Cochrane
- Managers’ award – Will Dickinson
Well done to all our U17s boys who have had a great year.

U17 Girls Awards

- Eleanor Campbell – Sprints
- Caroline Hatley – Hurdles, Jumps
- Amber Regardsoe – Throws
- Laura Hanagan – Triple Jump, Distance
- Joanna Norman – Improvement Award
- Sam Beckett – Managers Award
- Lucy Holmes – Pole vault, Jumps Merit, YOUNG OFFICIALS AWARD

Thank you

Thank you for the great support from all the parents who not only encourage their children to take part in athletics but are chauffeurs, counsellors, spectators, first aiders, and some of you have even become coaches and officials. The junior athletes and the Club cannot do this without you – so a big thank you to you all for all the parental support.

Early next year, it is planned to hold a parents/athletes meeting, following the results of the athletes/parents questionnaire; to explain the Leagues that we are entering next year, and the commitment needed from the athletes at the meetings. Please take the time to complete one of the questionnaires so that the Club has your opinion.

Well done to all the athletes who competed in the summer competitions. We know there are many that are not mentioned above who have achieved their personal best in many events, so congratulations to all of them for a fantastic 2009 season.