Another great night for NSAC with over 150 athletes and families attending the ‘Celebration of athletics in North Somerset in 2019’ event at Princes Hall, Clevedon. It was a joy to welcome our chief sponsors, John & Jenny Maycock from Brackenwood.
The event started with a musical and visual look back over the 15 years of NSAC, from humble beginnings, the trials and tribulations, and celebrating friendship, enjoyment, achievement and facility development.
A factual trip through the previous year, including such highlights as:
England Athletics South West Young Volunteer of the Year – Sophie M
England Athletics South West Official of the Year – Martin F
Avon Track & Field League winners (all age groups, U13 – senior)
YDL Lower Age Group winners (U13/U15)
YDL Upper Age group Runners-up (U17/U20) First year in this League!
Under-17 Cross-Country team – 6th in the UK
Chris R – 5th in the UK for 300m (U15 Boys)
Ruby D – Avon League record for High jump (U13 Girls)
Steph B – Avon County Champs record for 300m Hurdles (U17 Ladies)
AAA Grade 1 Awards for:
Ruby D (u13 High Jump, plus League record and Athlete of the Match Awards)
Nyree P (U15 Pole Vault)
Ellie W (U23 1500m)
Maisie J (U15 Shot Putt)
This was followed by the central focus of the night, the 2019 Award presentations. Winners shown below;
Around the World Competition, sponsored by Peaks:
Throws Athlete of the Year Freya H (Discus)
Horizontal Jumps Athlete of the Year Harrison G (Long Jump)
Vertical Jumps Athlete of the Year Ruby D (High Jump)
Speed Athlete of the Year Sam P (100m/200m)
Speed Development Athlete of the Year Eloise E (75m/150m)
Hurdles Athlete of the Year Steph B (300mH)
Coaches Endurance Athlete of the Year Callum D (X-Country)
Endurance Development Athlete of the Year Will S (800m/1500m)
Endurance Athlete of the Year Keira D (800m/1500m)
Multi-Event Athlete of the Year George I (All-Rounder)
Nailsea Training Group Athlete of the Year George HP
Weston-Super-Mare Training Group Achievement Award Flynn P
Weston-Super-Mare Training Group Athlete of the Year Ollie C
Clevedon Training Group Achievement Award Elliot J
Clevedon Training Group Athlete of the Year Phoebe G
Under-11 Female Athlete of the Year Martha H
Under-11 Male Athlete of the Year Josh P
Under-13 Female Athlete of the Year Millie Re
Under-13 Male Athlete of the Year Jacob F
Under-15 Female Athlete of the Year Millie Ro
Under-15 Male Athlete of the Year Chris R
Under-17 Female Athlete of the Year Victoria P
Under-17 Male Athlete of the Year Ben H
Senior Female Athlete of the Year Maisie S
Senior Male Athlete of the Year Graham B
During the presentation, it was also noted NSAC have 3 athletes riding high in the pole vault (UK rankings – Nyree P 3rd, Esther L 4th, Caroline W 7th)
This year saw us re-name the Ambassador of the Year trophy. The Ambassador course was set up in-house for 14-16 year-olds, to give them leadership skills that support NSAC, but will also be relevant in other areas of life. This has been an immensely popular course, and we have been fortunate to see some amazing leaders and future coaches coming through this. We have re-branded this ‘The Maycock Ambassador of the Year Award’, a nod to our amazing sponsors. This year the Award was won by Isabella LT for her weekly enthusiasm and commitment. Watching her charging round with the children, thoroughly embracing the spirit of sessions, but also staying in control of her section of training, is a joy to watch!
A look forward to 2020 has shown that NSAC are looking to give more opportunities for training (14 coaches on coaching courses in January), improvements in standards, the commencement of phase 3 planning at Clevedon School, and our 6th 24-hour WSM Grand Pier Relay. Exciting times!
A raffle followed, with prizes from Brackenwood, Walnut Grove and Waitrose, thank you!