On Friday 21st November, Paddock Wood AC held its annual awards dinner at the Hadlow Manor Hotel and over 100 members attended.
Senior Women’s Track Award went to Sarah Shepheard who had just spent 3 years at Middlesbrough University, now back running cross/country as well as track and field. Senior Women’s Field Award went to Elizabeth Duffin, as well as being team manager for the Southern Women’s League she competes and has represented Kent at an inter-counties match this year.
U20 Women’s Field Award was won by Caroline Shepheard. U20 Men’s Field Award went to Mason Doyle who has improved on his High Jump PB to 1.91m when he won the Kent County Championship.
U17 Women’s Track Award went to Hannah Etheridge who had her first competition on the track this year in the Youth Development League. U17 Women’s Field Award was won by Francesca Williams who broke the club’s Javelin record this year and was also selected to represent Kent in an Inter-Counties match.
U15 Girl’s Track Award went to a newcomer on the track for Paddock Wood, Victoria Farish. U15 Boy’s Track Award was won by Harry Young who not only competes on the track but cross/country as well. U15 Girls’ Field Award was won by another newcomer to the track, Eloise Winton. U15 Boy’s Field Award was claimed by James O’Gorman who could equally have won the track award.
U13 Girls’ Track Award went to Erin Frankel, U13 Girls Field Award went to Sam Hockey, the U13 Boys Track Award went to Toby Emm and the U13 Boys Field Award was won by Toby West.
The U/11 Boys Sportshall Award went to Harvey Fordham, who at the last Sportshall broke a long standing record for the standing Triple Jump. U11 Sportshall Girls Award was won by Freya Kirk-Martin.
Veteran Female Track award 35-49 was won by Eileen Hudson. Veteran Male Track 35-49 Award went to Andrew Day. Kate Maryon took the Veteran Female Field 35-49 Award. Veteran Male Field 35-49 Award went to a newcomer to the masters’ ranks – Paul Balmer. Veteran Female Track 50-59 Award went to Carol Emery. Mark Woods took the Veteran Male Track Award 50-59 whilst his wife Julie took the Veteran Female Field Award 50-59. Veteran Male Field Award 50-59 went to Dennis Fallon. Sue James, who competes in both cross/country and track took the Veteran Female Track Award 60 & Over. Partner Alan Newman won the Veteran Male Track Award 60 & Over. Veteran Female Field Award 60 & Over went to retired Deputy Head teacher Mary Brown. Veteran Male Field Award 60 & Over was won by Coach, Official and Vet 70 KCAA Javelin Champion Mick Duffin.
Rachel’s Endurance Award was won by Mia Morgan. The Les Percival Endurance Award is the boys’ equivalent of the previous award and was won by Toby Emm. Ladies Endurance Shield went to Emma Hollands. Men’s Endurance Shield was won by Andrew Day. Maggie Mitchell Memorial Award This winner has already won one award tonight Sarah Shepheard. Maria Heslop won both the Pentathon Cup ,this one is awarded for points won in various races over various distances where points are gained for age-related performances and the Road Running Grand Prix Award.
The Coaches Award this year went to Colin Tricker and James O’Gorman won the Athletes’ Athlete Award, voted for by the club’s junior athletes. Janet Duffin won the England Athletics Volunteer of the Year for the South East Region of England. It had previously been presented at the County AGM, but it was decided to present it again in front of club members.