On Saturday 15th December the clubhouse was packed with athletes, parents, coaches and officials for the Young Athletes Summer Awards Night. Organised by Young Athletes Secretary Paul Cheal, who is responsible for our young T&F teams, the Guest of Honour was Vanessa Wallace, the European seated (F34) shot put champion who is coached by former Essex Ladies athlete Alison O'Riordan.
There were many awards to be given out: for high points scoring in both our Youth Development League Upper and Lower Age Groups; for Jack Petchey Awards, etc.
Once all the athletes had received their awards, Paul presented a group of our T&F officials with a small token of "Heroes" chocolates to acknowledge their unsung work.
Vanessa then told the motivating story of how she had come late to the sport of athletics but, convinced of her talent by people including Alison, had quickly risen to become the GB number 1.
The evening was rounded off with a successful raffle - many thanks to those who donated some very acceptable prizes!
Jack Petchey Achievement Award winners. (From l to r): Videsh Weerakoddy, Ahmed Abdulle, Rebecca Fafowara, President Terry McCarthy, Luke Finch, Fred Taylor, Kai Wright
Female Young Athlete of the Year: Amelia Macdonald
Male Young Athlete of the Year: Videsh Weerakkody
"Unsung Heroes" - Our officials
Back row l to r: Thomas Finch, Luke Finch, Jean Burgess, Jackie Wright, Simon Wright Julie Awde
Front row l to r: Paul Manson, Helen Finch, Kevin Diedrick
Young Athletes Secretary Paul Cheal with Guest of Honour Vanessa Wallace