Stars snap up top trophies

RISING STARS ... Bronwen Owen and Louise Taylor
RISING STARS ... Bronwen Owen and Louise Taylor

SCARBOROUGH Athletic Club handed out their overall awards at their presentation night.

Overall awards

Most Improved Boy

Kawsar Ahmed improved his performances over a broad range of events, which has resulted in a high UK ranking, championship success and a valuable YA League points scorer.

Most Improved Girl

Louise Taylor has just had her best ever cross-country season, in which she was the runner-up in the North Yorkshire and South Durham league behind her team-mate Bronwen Owen.

She achieved top finishes in the Yorkshire and the English National Championships, and won the Humberside Schools Championship.

On the track she improved her performance at three track and two field events.

Junior Club Athlete of Year

Sarah Ogden was a most important member of the winning Girls under-15 cross country team, and while she may have been overshadowed by some more successful athletes, she was the difference between retaining or losing the trophy to Richmond and Zetland Athletic Club.

Similarly she was an ever present at the Young Athletes League, at which she willingly took part in diverse events, and throughout the season improved her performance in no less than six events.

Champion Boy

Bobby Scarborough achieved a solid all-round performance throughout the season at both cross country and track and field, which included a Multi-event competition at which he set a new club record.

Champion Girl

Bronwen Owen, who has had the most outstanding and successful season in the club’s history at cross country, also won the National Fell Championship which is contested over six events, and in addition the National Triathlon Championships which is over four events.

She was voted the Yorkshire Country cross country runner of the year by the Yorkshire County Athletic Association, and has now been awarded the accolade of Young Athlete if the Month for May in the Athletics Weekly magazine.

Boys Sportshall

George Swiers has made a huge effort in terms of his training, which has also involved a lot of travelling in order to attend club training nights. He represented the region at the national Sportshall competition.

Girls Sportshall

Leah Millard has been the most prolific competitor in the club overall, and has competed in an unprecedented number of different events. She also represented the region at the national Sportshall competition

Outstanding Effort

Chloe Calvert-Best, who was a most welcome addition to the club’s junior section, was one of the hardest working athletes at training sessions throughout the year.

Contribution to Club Award

Janet Lawrence has for many years been a member of the Club Committee, and has devoted a lot of time to her role as the Social Secretary, which included preparation and organisational work in respect of club functions such as the annual Awards Night.

Coach of the Year

Mike Willis has always devoted a lot of his time to the club and in particular to the coaching side, in which he had demonstrated great enthusiasm and shared his vast knowledge and experience of athletics.

In the past year, he has concentrated on coaching many of the junior girls, who have had a very successful year both in terms of individual and team performances and results, particularly at cross country.

Richard Stone Trophy

Jayne Graves regularly represents the club at road races, cross country and also track and field meetings.

At cross country she competed in the most North Yorkshire and South Durham league races by a club senior, and was an ever present at the Track and Field League fixtures, at which she competed in a wide variety of events, which helped the club gain promotion. In addition she often helps out by ferrying club athletes to various fixtures.