Volunteer winners at the England Athletics Awards
CLUBS, COACHES AND OFFICIALS ARE RECOGNISED IN COVENTRY AWARDS
Spirit of 2012 award
Bracknell AC Game Changers
Spirit of 2012 award: Bracknell AC Game Changers
Bracknell AC Game Changers are a group of young people who have all become qualified coaching assistants, many have done disability inclusion training, some have even completed a Cerebral Palsy leadership workshop.
Thomas has grown S-Factor Academy’s disability group from one leader and five athletes to more than 10 qualified helpers and 100 unique participants.
Athletics or running club of the year
Orion Harriers offer leadership opportunities to young coaches and officials. Individuals from low-income backgrounds can access subsidised or free sessions and resources.
Coach of the year
Kaufman has coached athletes to the top level and supports local coaches.
RunTogether Group of 2018
Mind & Sole Supporting runners from all backgrounds, they specialise in helping those who struggle with their mental health.
Guy used the £1 charge she used to put on her runs to fund keen individuals through their Run Leader training.
She now has a committee behind the group to support its development.
Volunteer of 2018
Wade fulfils many roles, organising competitions for City of Norwich, and has established a system for vision impaired runners and guide runners.
Pickard is a member of the England Athletics youth panel and an event group sprints and hurdles coach. She is also a qualified photo finish and field official.
Official of the year
A highly-respected official based in the North East of England, Marr is also an officials mentor.
Services to athletics or running
Howley’s impact on the race walking community has been unparalleled, raising the profile of the discipline in Yorkshire and Humberside.
Dave Cropper award
The 800m awards to commemorate the service that Cropper gave over many years were presented to Max Burgin and Keely Hodgkinson.
Ron Pickering Memorial Fund athletes of the year
U23: Laviai Neilsen U20: Niamh Emerson U18: Sam Bennett
David Sunderland memorial bursary
This year’s recipient is
Helen Clitheroe, the former international athlete who now coaches endurance runners from under-20 level through to veterans at Preston Harriers. She was recently part of the England endurance team at the Commonwealth Games.
England Athletics volunteeraward winners for 2018
Helen Clitheroe receives the Dave Sunderland bursary from Andy Day