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WAC Presentation Evening | January 30th 2015
Last edited: Saturday January 31st 2015
A successful evening was held at the Grappenhall & District Ex-Serviceman's club with the list of winners as follows :-

All Youth Development League participants
All Sportshall participants

Cross Country Championships 2014 :-

U/11 Girls 1st Lucia Meloni & Ashely Nemmits, 3rd Maya Evans
U/11 Boys 1st Lucas Hayes 2nd Owen Darbyshire 3rd William Bainbridge
U/13 Girls 1st Isabelle Trevthick 3rd India Hayes & Jess Wall
U/13 Boys 1st Sam Evans 2nd Ben Harrison 3rd Jordan Jones
U/15 Girls 1st Lauren Ferris 2nd Melissa Boyer 3rd Sarah McGrail
U/15 Boys 1st Jack Stubbings 2nd Owen Lee 3rd Sam Rostron, Luke Gamble, Daniel Fox
U/17 Girls 1st Harriett Knowles Jones 2nd Alysha Goddard 3rd Holly Tidd, Jemma Eyre
U/17 Boys 1st Dan Evans 2nd Leyton Sharman 3rd Robert Dykes
U/20 Ladies No Competitors
U/20 Men 1st Cameron Field 2nd David Gerrard
Sen Ladies 1st Jenny Smith, Rachel Jefferson
Sen Men 1st Stephen Watmough 2nd Mervyn Ward

Club Championships 2014 :-

Under 9 Boys 1st Leyton Holden 2nd Harvey Ackerley 3rd Sam Wall
Under 9 Girls 1st Molly Wormald 2nd Amelia Smithers 3rd Ruby Smith
Under 11 Boys 1st William Bainbridge 2nd Ethan Cain 3rd Joshua Lee Mills, Ryan Hogan
Under 11 Girls 1st Ashley Nemitts 2nd Meg Corker, Maya Evans
Under 13 Boys 1st Ben Robinson 2nd Joshua Herrington 3rd Adam Shaw, Ollie Chi
Under 13 Girls 1st Lucia Meloni, India Hayes 2nd Lydia Blair, Isobel Bunting, Natasha Ryder
U15 Girls 1st Hannah Shaw 2nd Milly Boyer, Lara Spiteri
U15 Boys 1st Sam Rostron 2nd Jack Stubbings 3rd Jamie Pickett
U17 Ladies 1st Ellie Baker 2nd Harriet Knowles-Jones 3rd Carys Mcaulay
U17 Men 1st Cameron Meakin 2nd Dan Evans 3rd Owen Lee
U20 Ladies 1st Alysha Goddard, Abi Bircumshaw 3rd Elise Bate
U20 Men 1st Cameron Field 2nd Matt Wigelsworth 3rd James Webster
Senior Ladies 1st Emma Makin 2nd Julie Hicken 3rd Heather Beeton
Senior Men 1st Michael Hilton 2nd Neal Petley 3rd Jack Gleave

Contributors of the Year 2014 :-

1. This recipient underwent the UK Athletics Track Judge training last year and has since offered his services at all 4 Youth Development meetings, County Track relays, Club Champs, and more. Track judging is an all-day role and is not wonderful in poor weather. He regularly covers in Karen's absence, training her group which includes his daughter and son. He has recently been able to acquire some Hi-Viz jackets for the athletes from his workplace. Itís Neil Shaw.

2. Iím sure this recipient deserves a medal for listening to all of Joanieís track woes. Whatís Nev been up to now ? He can be often seen lugging boxes and boxes of sweets from the car to the shop. He also helps out greatly at open meetings, doing shop runs when we run out of food, judging field events and even setting up a bit of a BBQ at one. King of the one-liners, heís always chirpy and will chat to anyone, itís Rick Gleave.

3. This quartet are doing a sterling job since they took over from Rachel & Jake and the numbers attending their sessions have been great with some very positive feedback from parents. Even now, in the Winter months they are regularly getting large numbers on a Monday and Thursday evening. They work really well together, regularly communicating to plan sessions and covering for one another. They organised a Halloween fancy dress event and a very successful Climbing Christmas party for the youngsters. (A special mention here to Em who sat and wrapped 34 selection boxes for this). They have recently attended the "Leading Athletics" training course at SportCity. The winners are Emma Makin, Alice Clare, Emily Derbyshire & Rachel Bennion.

International Honours Award 2014 :-

Having represented Scotland :-
Carys Mcaulay

Having represented England & Great Britain :-
Harriett Knowles-Jones
Matthew Wigelsworth
Nick Jones

Club Member of The Year 2014 :-

Male. This young lad has turned up for training throughout the year and has shown great determination and has never complained about what he is asked to do. Over the past year he has improved his performances and has supported the club at every opportunity even doing unfamiliar events in the track and field league. He has become a very reliable athlete and valuable member of the under 13 team over the country and road and along with Sam Evans and Lucas Hayes has collected various relay medals. The only thing we have to try to improve is getting him to smile in photos but we are working on it. Itís Jordan Jones.

Female. This recipient is again not always a winner but trains very regularly and competes at every opportunity as part of a team or individually. She took part in all 4 Youth Development Meetings, trying her hand at long distance, sprinting, relays, shot and javelin. She's competed at Warrington Opens, Warrington Parkruns, County Relays, Northwest Road Relays, Manchester Area League. She always has a cheeky smile on her face and is welcoming to new starters and younger athletes. You wonít find anyone disagreeing that she's a delight to have at the club. The winner is the always happy Charlotte Stokes.

Coach of the Year 2014 :-

The winner has been an almost constant at training nights taking her group of under 11ís and under 13ís even turning up on crutches after being knocked off her bike on the way home from work and breaking her ankle. She works her group hard but they all enjoy the training no matter what they are doing. This has proved to be successful especially in the girls and they have collected a number of team awards as well as individual medals. At the beginning of the year the girls were second in the Cheshire Cross Country and at the end of the year they were second in the Northern Cross Country Relays. All the group look up to her but she does not look for or ask for any reward for her services. Without this coach, the club would not have a group of beginner distance runners to go on to hopefully bigger and better things in the future. The coach of the year 2014 is Sharon Taylor.

Club Athlete of the Year 2014 :-

Female. For the first time in a while we have a dead heat for the female winner.

The first athlete has been Club Athlete of the year for the past two years and continues to perform at the highest level in her age group and even against under 20ís holds her own. She has collected various medals and titles over the year over country and on the track. On the track she was unbeaten by under 17 athletes over 3000 metres winning the English Schools, Schools International and Sainsbury Schools Games. She also set Club records over 800, 1500 and 3000 metres. Over the country at the beginning of the year she won titles in the Greater Manchester Schools, English Schools, Schools International, Cheshire Championships and Northern Championships and was 3rd in the National Championships. She also finished in 2nd place in the London Mini-Marathon. She ran the fastest times in the National road and Cross Country Relays and has represented England in Brussels and Burgos Spain. Her times ranked her 5th at 800 metres, 3rd at 1500 metres and 1st at 3000 metres in the UK. Itís Harriet Knowles-Jones.

The next joint-winner following her return from USA has steadily built her fitness and experience and over the past year has shown greatly improved consistency resulting in her best times dropping vastly. She started the year on the indoor track where she won the Northern title and finished in 2nd place in the English Championships over 800 metres and setting a new club record for 600 metres. Moving on to the outdoor she won the Cheshire 300 metres and 800 metres setting a new club record in the 300 metres and a personal best for the 800 metres. In an early season Trafford Grand Prix she set a new club record for 400 metres for under 17 through to Senior. Shes then won the 800 metres at the Cheshire Schools and in the Mason Trophy and improved her best time again as she won the 800 metres. Her next big outing was the English Schools where she ran personal best times in the heat and final as she took the Gold Medal. In the Schools International she again improved her best time to win the 800 metres and also won at the Sainsbury School Games. She was selected for her International debut to run in the 4x400 metres relay for Scotland in the Celtic Games where the team won the relay. She was unbeaten in her age group at 800 metres and was only headed over 800 metres in a mixed race at Trafford losing out to 4 men and 1 under 20 woman. Her times this year have ranked her 14th at 300 metres, 1st in the 400 metres and 6th in the 800 metres. She is 1st in Scotland at the 800 metres, her current country at international level. Itís Carys Mcaulay.

Between them and as under 17s, Harriet and Carys have improved all the club records from 300 metres to 3000 metres in the under 17, under 20 and Senior age groups apart from the Senior 800 metres but that may not last much longer ! Well done Carys and Harriet Ė the joint-winners of the female Club Athlete of the Year 2014.

Male. The winner has competed regularly throughout the year both indoor and outdoor and has collected various medals and set many personal best times including setting new club records for 100 and 200 metres - records which had stood for more than 30 years. He has also supported the club whenever possible and is a valuable points scorer in league matches. At the indoors, he was finalist at the Northern and English Championships in the 60m and 200m, finishing 2nd both times in the 200m finals. Outdoors, he won sprint golds at the Cheshire Champs, the Cheshire Schools, Independent Schools and Northern Championships. At English Schools, he was a 100m finalist setting a new club record of 11.24 seconds and at the English Championships, he came 4th in the 200m, setting a new club record of 23.09 seconds. The winner of the male Club Athlete of the year is the smiling, ever-polite Fisayo Williamson-Taylor.

Chairperson Thank You :-

The final presentation of flowers was for the club chairperson. The club has undergone some changes over the last couple of years and the chairperson has had to deal with these Ė most of them difficult problems to overcome. I donít think anyone realises the amount of work that needs to be put in for this voluntary role. Many of the actions generated at the monthly committee meeting are marked down to Joanie. From booking the facilities and liaising with the council, stocking and running the shop, ordering and distributing kit, standing on the entry gate collecting subs, trying to keep the coaches in harmony, enforcing club policies Ė she certainly puts in the hours. Weíve had another good night tonight, again organised in the main, by her. A big thank you from everyone at the club to Joanie Smythe.

Photos :-

Club Members of The Year 2014 - Charlotte Stokes & Jordan Jones
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Em, Alice & Rachel with members of their induction group displaying their medals
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