Jack Petchey Winners - 2018
Nominees for Coaches award:
Maravilla Ezekwuka, Emily Scantlebury, Julia Newman, Thomas Hughes, Daniel Ogun, Sophie Ajuka
WINNER: ………. Sophie Ajuka
Sophie age 13 was nominated by her coaching assistant and this was supported by her coaches too. Sophie is not only a very talented promising young athlete she is also a very supportive team mate and valued member of the club. This season she has had great success finishing 2nd in the County combined events and also competing for Surrey in the 200m. On both occasions she was actively supporting the other club members and encouraging them all the time, her kindness is evident. She is also very modest and humble about her success and is a delight to have at the club. A thoroughly deserved JackPetchey Award winner.
Sophie is planning a trip to Winter Wonderland for some of her team mates.
Nominees for Team Manager award:
Callum Holder, Esme Dann, Daniel Ogun, Thomas Hughes, Julia Newman, Emily Scantlebury, Marissa Welch
WINNER: …….... Esme Dann
Esme age 15 was nominated by the SAL Team Manager this time. "I nominated Esme because she has been with the club for a few years and moved up to a higher age group for competitions, which can be very daunting especially for a thrower with increase from junior to senior weights. This didn't seem to phase Esme as she was well prepared. She is always committed to the club, competing in this and other leagues this season and she has strived to improve by training and competing regularly. She has achieved a number of personal bests this season which are thoroughly deserved. Her coach and fellow team mates are always very positive about Esme and her approach. On top of this she is also a great team member; always has a smile and has a positive outlook. It has been a pleasure to have Esme on the team and she thorougly deserves a Jack Petchey award"
Esme wanted to spend her funds on a Cantabrian Discus Throwing Circle.
WINNER: …….. Yasmin
Yasmin age 24 was nominated by her training group and this was supported by her coach - Yasmin has been a member of our training group for the past 8 years. She has always been a hard working and diligent athlete. I have seen her develop from her mid teens to the young lady she is today, with two degrees and a wonderful future in front of her. In athletics she has helped to integrate new athletes into the group, particularly the young girls. Leading by example, she shows them the discipline, both physical and mental needed to be successful in track and field. She competes for the club at both SAL and Rosenheim League matches and has done over the years, even when she was at university.
Yasmin has decided that our training group should have a social get together, at the end of the current season, celebrating the groups success this season.
WINNER: …….. Justine
Justine age 15 was nominated by her group & Coaching assistant , Justine has worked hard to achieve her goals and regularly commits to her training and competitions. She is a very polite and a perfect role model for her training group always smiling even when things don't quite go her way. Her determination to succeed is evident and she will take every opportunity she can to do well. A well deserved award winner.
Justine will be spending her grant on equipment for her training group and the club; resistance bands, starting gates.
WINNER: …….. Matthew
Matthew age 12 was nominated for his award by his group and supported by his coaches as a worthy winner. 'Matthew has made great improvements since joining the group. He has a fabulous 'can do' attitude. His dedication to training has helped him achieve his goals this Cross Country season of lowering his parkrun pb in order to gain selection for the Mini Marathon Team.
Matthew took his team mates on a team building exercise to: Oxygen Bear Grylls Fitness & TGI Fridays
WINNER: …….. Hakim (Bilal) Bentchakal
Bilal age 16 was nominated by his training group and coaches. He has competed at every cross country league match without fail over the last two seasons and has continued to represent the club in the track not just in middle distance but also tried his hand at steeplechase! He trains and competes with great enthusiasm and dedication, hardly ever missing a session. He has a wonderful sense of humour and a great attitude to hard work.
Bilal will be putting his award towards entry fees for a competition which can involve his whole training group - The Nonsuch Relays. The remainding funds will be used for a picnic following the event.