Written by FS
A difficult choice - but please send your votes in to Frank
Following the May award to new Surrey Schools record holder Alex Bartle, we have five nominations for the Jack Petchey Achievement Award in June - all carried forward from May but updated after the weekend's results:
Sophie has been one of our top U13 girls in a variety of events in the past two years. Not least she was a major contributor to winning the YAL division this year. Certainly her greatest success so far, besides the hurdles silver medal, was her javelin gold medal in the recent Surrey County Champ. With her winning throw she furthermore set a new U13 Club record. Her superb ranking in the top 10 nationally is testimony to her focus and her commitment to training.
James is an U17 T33 wheelchair racer who has worked really hard this winter to improve his times across all distances. As a result he improved his 100m time by >3 seconds, his 200m time by >2 seconds, and his 400m time by >13 seconds this year. But perhaps his greatest achievement to date is his time in Aprils Virgin London Mini Marathon which was 23:42; he managed to take off almost 6mins from his time in 2011. James has also started to work in the gym to help strengthen his body, impressing the other gym users by his work ethic and ability to lift weights which seem out of reach for his size.
Three medals at the Surrey County Champs, including the U13 high jump title, demonstrate Rhianna’s remarkable success in her first full track & field season. She is showing huge enthusiasm in training and competition and has been a major contributor in the junior league matches this season, most recently at the Lily B match where she achieved new PB’s in all three individual events. Her new high jump PB of 1.37 puts her at the top of the Surrey rankings and in the top 30 nationally.
Though Amy is only just into her first track and field season with the Club, she has already made her mark in both the National YAL and the County Championships. In the sprints in the NYAL she has run her opponents hard in tight finishes over 75/150m, and she also reached the 200m Final at the Surreys. Building on her Surrey title, she broke the 12-year old long jump Club record on the weekend and is now ranked in the top 3 nationally.
Exemplary commitment to training and competition is paying off as Neil has improved his 800m time consistently week by week, now already by 6 seconds compared with last year. He achieved an excellent 5th place at the County Champs Final and won the 800m in the last UK YAL match in great style. Equally at home in cross country as on the track, Neil also won 3rd place in the Downs League in his first season as U15.
Good luck with making the hard choice between the candidates. Please send me your votes by Wednesday 20 June. As always, I am also looking for ideas (particularly from our young athletes!) how to make use of the award money (£200 per award) for the benefit of our young members.
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