Click on any of the photos below for a larger version, courtesy of Rex Bale
Club members and their families packed the Cherry Tree room at AFC Bournemouth’s football stadium on the evening of Saturday 30th October for the presentation of trophies to our prize winners and to celebrate the Club’s achievements during the year. A good time was had by all with the only disappointment being that we were unable to accommodate all those who wished to attend. Clearly we will need to consider an alternative larger venue for 2011!
Our MC for the evening was Simon Armstrong who commenced proceedings by welcoming everyone. He then handed over to me and I presented my Chairman’s review of the year. (a copy of this review is being posted on the website). Our President (Tom Cochrane) then introduced our special guest for the evening, Stephanie Twell (pictured right), and gave a brief outline of her superb achievements to date. Steph than answered some pre-prepared questions which gave us an insight into these achievements; how much she values her coach (Mick Woods); her plans for her future athletics career; her average training week and her advice to anyone planning on a career in athletics.
Steph then presented the trophies to all our Prize Winners with each one being introduced by Simon with brief details of their achievements during the year. Details of the prize winners and these details will be posted on the website separately. I then thanked Steph and her coach Mick for being our honoured guests for the evening, wished her all the very best for her future athletics career and this brought the formal part of the evening to an end.
After the raffles were concluded, it was good to see so many people stay behind to enjoy the rest of the evening. I would like to take this opportunity to once again thank Steph and Mick for not only taking time out of their busy schedules to be our guests but also for staying so long afterwards to give people the opportunity for further photos and for talking at length to club members and their families. I feel sure that she now has many more fans from Bournemouth!
Finally, I would like to thank all those who helped to organise the night, particularly Wynn and Hazel, as I know they put in a huge amount of time and effort to ensure that everything went smoothly.
Welcome everyone. This is my opportunity, as Chairman, to formally thank all those who have helped the Club during the year. Firstly, I would like to thank all the members of our committee for all they have done to help the club run smoothly. As I’ve said before, it never ceases to amaze me just how much effort they put in on behalf of BAC. My thanks and congratulations also go to our coaches and team managers who work so hard on the development of our athletes. I’m sure you will also all join me in thanking all the officials who help to make our events go so smoothly. I would also particularly like to thank the team which helps to run our Wednesday Development night sessions which are so successful. It is particularly pleasing to see so many of our younger athletes getting involved and helping with coaching. I am also delighted to thank Darryn Campbell for all his hard work on revamping our Club website. He has made an excellent job of this and we now have an excellent site which is kept updated regularly. Also thanks to those who help by submitting reports to Darryn to go on the site. Thanks also go to all the parents who do their bit. Here I am going to make a plea. If anyone is able to offer some help, even if just a couple of hours a week or every fortnight, please let someone from the committee know as we are always in need of more helpers to help spread the load. All you need to do is to pop into the office at the track on one of the training nights to offer your help and we will find something that you can do to assist. Finally, of course, I want to thank all our athletes who have pulled on the BAC vest during the year and competed for the Club.
This is also an opportunity for me to reflect on the Club’s performances during the past year. As far as Track and Field is concerned, a quick glance at the various leagues we compete in would indicate that we have had a disappointing season. Clearly, we were disappointed to be relegated into Division 4 of the Men’s British League. In the end we were undone by the unavailability of some of our athletes during the season and the rescoring of the penultimate fixture which cost us dearly. Nevertheless, there were many excellent individual performances and I would pick out Matt Sloane and Ryan Saunders who were both just two points away from picking up a maximum for the season in High Jump and 800m respectively. The team spirit was excellent throughout the season and we have a predominantly very young team so there is good reason to be optimistic for next year.
Our Southern Women’s League team did well to finish 4th in Division 1 West and did excellently to win one of the five matches in the season. Three athletes, Sarah Kearsey, Jemma Bates and Krisztina Black, all scored over 100 points each during the season and there were many other fine individual performances.
Our younger athletes competed in three other Leagues, NJL, NYAL (both composite with Poole Runners) and Wessex League. Once again, League positions would indicate a disappointing set of results, however, this in no way reflects the large number of superb individual performances in these age groups. Over the year some 13 Club records were broken and 11 of these were in the Under 20 and younger age groups. Three of the 13 were in multi events showing the strength of our younger athletes over a wide variety of disciplines. There are so many excellent individuals that it would take too long to name them all but I would like to pick out the following three:-
In alphabetical order:
Phoebe Dowson - ranked No 1 in UK for U17 Discus and breaking a 36yr old Club record, beating the old record an amazing 10 times.
Nicholas Hunt (I’m sorry that he is unable to be with us this evening) - with no less than 5 Club records at U15 level and ranked No1 in UK at HJ, Shot and Pentathlon and No2 in LJ and TJ
Rosie Wootten - who broke the Club’s 28yr old U13 HJ record.
Cross Country – our Senior Mens team had their best Hampshire League performance for many years in the 2009/10 season finishing 2nd in Division 1 behind the might of Aldershot Farnham & District. In the first year of Under 17 competition, Fergus O’Reilly performed very well and has started the 2010/11 season in fine style by winning the first event held at Winchester.
Road Running – our Senior Men’s Team have had a fantastic year. They have totally dominated the Dorset Road Race League winning 10 of the 11 races so far. With one race to go, BAC athletes, led by Steve Way occupy the first five places overall, and these are the leading athletes in all five age categories from 21-24 up to and including 40-44. Chris Birch has totally dominated the Over 60 category and lies an incredible 9th overall. Away from the Dorset League, the team has competed very successfully in other Open events e.g. Bath and Bristol Half marathons. There have been a string of PBs from a large number of the team. Pride of place must, however, go to Steve Way for his tremendous London Marathon where he finished 17th overall (7th Brit) in a time of 2.19.38, the first BAC athlete to break 2.20 for many years. Steve has subsequently earned his International vest competing in the Toronto Waterfront Marathon. A special mention should also be made of Mark Hargreaves who is now ranked UK No1 for 10 miles and has again been selected to compete for England in the Home Countries International Masters Cross Country event.
Lastly and by no means least, one of the highlights of the year for me was the Special Olympics event held at Kings Park. I was extremely impressed by the whole event and the extremely smooth way in which it was run. The effort and enthusiasm of all the competitors was so inspiring. I would like to thank Tony Jones-Pert and his team for all the work they do with this group.
Overall, I believe that the Club is in good shape to meet the challenges ahead and with so many good young athletes in the Club I believe the future is bright.
Loyal Service Jemma Bates Jemma has competed for BAC both track and field and cross-country for many years. She is the hurdles coach at Junior Development Evening. She is also a track official, field official and is a regional level Marksman working towards becoming national level. She is also Honorary Secretary for Dorset County Athletics Association
Outstanding Senior Athlete: Steve Way. To describe Steve Way as inspirational is almost an understatement. His progression from 16 stone jogger to international athlete in just a few years is one which has rightly attracted much publicity. He was selected to run for his country in the Scotiabank International Team Challenge, which took place within the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in September. Steve was 2nd in his age category (1st in the age category was the overall winner) and 2nd of the England team.
Presidents Choice: Steve Way. It was difficult to decide the Presidents Award as there have been a lot of outstanding performances throughout the year. It was finally narrowed down to two athletes one female and one male both at the top of their chosen event. By the narrowest of margins it was decided to award the Presidents Prize to Steve Way for the way [no pun intended ] he has taken his athletic career from mediocrity to international level and also for his positive outlook that the Kenyans are there to be beaten.
Outstanding U18 Athlete Phoebe Dowson Phoebe has won gold medals at Hampshire Schools and Hampshire County Championships and at South of England Championships. She won English Schools and the following week competed for England at the Home Countries International Schools where she again won gold. She won the English national Championships and also the UK School games. She has therefore won gold at all the major championships this year and is the UK No 1 ranked U17 Discus thrower of 2010
Ronald Keay trophy for Junior Cross-country Fergus O'Reilly Fergus was 5th overall U17M in Hampshire League and he also won Dorset Schools
800m and 1500m Rob McTaggart Rob has competed in all 4 British League meetings. He is also part of a successful BAC road-running and Cross-Country team
Marathon, Half Marathon and Best Performance Steve Way He is ranked UK No2 V35 for his London Marathon time of 2.19.38
400mH and 3,000m Steeplechase Robert Hardyman Robert competed in all 4 British League matches
High Jump, Long Jump, Pole Vault and joint 100m Rhys Bennett Although Rhys is primarily a sprinter he has helped the British League team out by competing at other events as these trophies show. His 100m time is 11.3
Other trophies go to Adam Potter, Darryn Campbell, Ian Habgood, Simon Fricker. Peter Briant, Mark Hargreaves and Conor Mugan who are unable to attend tonight
100mH Anya Kay She competed for BAC in both NJL and Southern Women's League
Marathon Steph Slade Steph Slade was 3rd Senior Women in a time of 3.09.07 in the Experian Robin Hood Marathon in Nottingham in September
Also receiving trophies but unable to attend is Krisztina Black
100m and 200m Ben Amey Ben has competed for the Club at National Junior League and British League. He will still be an U20 next year.
Long Jump James Lelliott James has long jumped 7.31 this year which ranks him 1st in the South West and 5th in the UK
Other athletes awarded trophies are Matt Sloane and Ryan Saunders but they are unable to be here tonight.
National Junior League points and Outstanding Track Athlete Amy Spencer Amy is the top U20W in the Club for 100m, 200m, and 100mH. She represented Dorset at English Schools in 100mH.
Best Supporting U20W athlete Sian Long Sian has taken part in all 5 Southern Womens League Matches in a variety of events including Hurdles, Triple Jump and Hammer and she is always the first runner in the 4x400m relay. Another athlete who helps with the Junior Development group on Wednesday Evenings.
400m, 800m, 1500m, 3000m , Cross Country and outstanding track athlete Fergus O'Reilly Fergus competed for the senior British League team and has achieved Grade 1 Standard in both 1500m and 3000m and is ranked 5th in the South West at both events.
Long Jump Jay Collins Jay is one of our new athletes and competed for both Southern Mens League and Wessex League. He has long Jumped 5.63
Endeavour Jamie Grose Jamie competes for the Club at 800m, 1500, 3000m and Cross Country.
Joe Ring, Ollie Teenan and Alex Cox have also been awarded trophies but are unable to attend
100m, 200m ,300m, 80mH, 300mH, Southern Womens League Points and NYAL points Sarah Kearsey. Sarah has competed in all Southern Womens League and NYAL matches. She was in the top 3 at both South West Schools and South West Intercounties in 4 different races. She is ranked 3rd in the South West for 300mH
Discus Phoebe Dowson Phoebe is ranked Number 1 in the UK and has surpassed the previous BAC record on more than ten separate occasions this year, a record which has stood since 1974.
High Jump Katrina White She has competed for the Club in Southern Womens League, NYAL and Wessex League at many different events. She also helps at the Wednesday Junior Development Evening.
Also receiving trophies but unable to be here this evening are Amelia Willcock Hollie-Beth Hassall , Jo Legg ,Tori Coltart and Daisy Harper Brown
1500m Josh Nevin Josh represented Dorset at English Schools in his first year of athletics. He is ranked 2nd in the South West and 3rd on BAC Alltime lists.
3,000m Brendan Kirkton Brendan competed in all 4 NYAL matches. He also does Cross-Country and is Dorset County Race Walking Champion.
Endeavour Harvey Darby Harvey has competed in 2 NYAL meetings and 4 Wessex League matches. He has run 12.2 for 100m, 24.8 for 200m and can also throw the javelin nearly 30m.
Other athletes receiving trophies but not able to be here tonight are Richard Galloway, Declan Toth and Nicholas Hunt.
100m and 200m Yasmin Wilcock Yasmin has only recently joined BAC and did 2 Southern Womens League matches and 2 Wessex League Matches.
Long Jump and High Jump Georgia Hurd who Long Jumped 4.71.
Discus Shot Putt. Javelin Southern Womens League points and NYAL points Natalie Whisken Natalie is Dorset Schools and Dorset County champion at Javelin. Also she won a Gold medal at Southern Counties Championships in May. She is the Silver Medallist for Javelin at English Schools and also won a silver medal at England Athletics Championships where she threw aPB of 38.94. This set a new BAC record and ranks her 3rd in the UK and 1st in the South West.
Also awarded trophies but unable to attend are Tyler Hole, Emma Horn, Cara Melville and Calla Bennett
100m Jack Simpkins. He competed in the Wessex League and ran 13.5 for 100m
200m, Long Jump and NYAL points Joe Rutherford Joe won the Long Jump at both Dorset Schools and Dorset County Championships. He is ranked 2nd in the South West for Long Jump and is 7th on the BAC All-time lists.
800m, 1500, Cross country Lewis Golden His 800m time is Grade 1 standard. He won both Dorset Schools and Dorset County Championships and was 2nd in the 800m at South West Intercounties.
75mH and Shot Putt Ben Dickinson Ben started with BAC at the Junior Development Evening and will still be U13 next year.
Patrick Sylla has also won a trophy but is unable to be here tonight
800m Sarah Smith who took part in 3 Young Athletes League matches and a Wessex League match.
Long Jump Angel Kerin Angel jumped 4.30m and competed in 3 Wessex Leagues
Javelin Storm Quarchioni Storm is ranked 3rd in the South West and 4th on BAC All-time lists.
Endeavour Jordan Norton Jordan competed for the Club in Southern Womens League, Young Athletes League and Wessex League in a variety of events including Discus, High Jump, 150m and 1200m
100m, 200m, High Jump, Shot Putt, Discus and NYAL points Rosie Wootten Rosie competed in all Southern Womens League, Young Athletes League and Wessex League matches. She is ranked 5th U13G High Jumper in the country and 1st in the South West. In the last competition of the season she broke the BAC U13G High Jump record which had stood since 1982 with a jump of 1m50
Danielle Broom: U11 top points scorer in Quad Kids League
Danielle has consistently performed well through all of the matches and combines talent and determination. Danielle is very motivated and looks to improve her PB's at each match, she will enjoy next years competition when she also moves up to U13 competition.
Jordan Harding: U11 top points scorer in Quad Kids League
Competition for this award was very tough this season with each event providing tough opponents. Jordan has shown his ability in all four disciplines and will be a very useful team member when he moves up to U13's next season.