National Volunteer Award 2009 winners

National Volunteer Award 2009 winners

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England Athletics has held its National Awards ceremony at Aston Villa Football Club to honour the sport's volunteers. Clubs, officials and coaches were among those recognised at the event held in conjunction with the 2009 Hall of Fame event.  The 2009 England Athletics National Awards programme, sponsored by Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Champagne, saw volunteers from across the country recognised for their contributions in supporting the development of the sport.  England national winners in each category will then be considered for nomination for UK wide recognition at the UKA Annual Awards celebration in December.

2009 Award Winners

Junior Club of the Year: Horwich RMI Harriers
Horwich RMI Harriers was formed in 1924 as an Athletic club for the Railway Mechanics Institute (hence RMI) in Horwich and in 2001 the club started developing its Junior and Track and Field Section.  The club achieved their Club Mark Accreditation in 2003, the first club in Greater Manchester to attain this and since then has gone from strength to strength, particularly by developing greater links with the local schools.  At the same time the club started to develop its coaching network and the Coaching staff at Horwich has expanded from just a few coaches five years ago to over 20 now, primarily by setting up a young coaches' programme.
Senior Club of the Year: Newham & Essex Beagles AC
The origins of the Club go back 125 years and in 2009, as well as having 7 representatives at this year’s World Championships in Berlin, the club won the British Athletics League for the second year running. The team went on to represent Britain in the European Clubs' Trophy which is the top inter club competition in the world – finishing 5th which was best performance by British club this century.  Apart from the strong competitive performances both on the track and cross country, the club has excellent productive partnerships, working with the local organisations, which has led to Newham becoming one of the pilot McCain’s Athletics networks.   

Services to Coaching (lifetime service award): Mike Smith
2009 Mike SmithMike has been nominated for a Lifetime Coaching Award even though his coaching life is far from over. For over 50 years Mike has dedicated himself to helping athletes, whilst passing on his love of athletics. He is one of the most experienced and accomplished 400m coach in Europe if not the world. His success is certainly not down to luck or fluke. It’s his undying commitment, wealth of knowledge, experience and ability to bring the best out of people which has benefited so many over the years to fulfill their potential.  Mike is pictured receiving his award from Head of Coaching Richard Wheater, and Jonathan Edwards.

Development Coach (coaches working mainly in the club and community environment): Jane Farrier
Jane has been Head Coach and Junior team manager for Orion Harriers for the past 5 years. In this time the junior membership has grown to over 200 junior athletes. Jane is committed to developing a legacy within the club for the sport for years to come and promoting progression for her junior athletes by being a skilled coach as demonstrated by the clubs successes.

Performance Coach (coaches working mainly with athletes and coaches to a national or international standard): Trevor Fox
Trevor is a long standing pole vault coach at Dearneside High AC and has coached a huge number of nationally ranked athletes right from the start of their careers, providing them with the skills needed to go on to realistically be World Class Senior athletes.

2009 Jess BarberYoung Volunteer of the Year (Aged Under 25): Jessica Barber
Jessica supports her club Stevenage and North Herts AC as an athlete, coach and official.  She is a committed and diligent helper at the club, committing herself willingly and always to happy to help including helping with the club's Monday night disability session and supporting volunteers' Mums in running the club’s tea bar! 
Jess is pictured receiving her award from Darren Campbell and Christian Malcolm


Services To Volunteering (Aged 25 plus): Stephen Jackson
Steve is a member of Preston Harriers and he has led the overhauling and restructuring of the club. Steve promotes awareness of the Club within the local community and organizes and runs many of the club’s interclub fixtures and events.

Official of the Year: Paul Rutter
When Paul, under the tutelage of Noel Moss, passed the Advanced Level Examination for Field Officials, he came to the attention of those at the highest level in our sport. Since then Paul has impressed everyone with his enthusiasm and dedication to the sport. Athletes are pleased to see him on their event because they know that it will be judged fairly and correctly. Referees are pleased to have him as he prides himself on great organisation and getting events finished in good time.

Services To Officiating: John Lofts
John started his Official's career in 1957 and is an original member of the South of England Athletics Officials Association.  He has continually promoted athletics from school to senior level in Track & Field and Endurance throughout his long and varied career.

Club to Community Partnership: Ivanhoe Robins Junior AC
Ivanhoe Robins Junior Athletics Club has developed all aspects of the club and thrives on creative partnerships and relationships with local organisations to deliver an innovative, exciting, environment, that encourages a ‘learn and grow’ culture, enabling the clubs young athletes to develop their self-esteem and personal skills.

Services to Disability Athletics: Rosalynd Miller
Ros is a successful coach and joined Gateshead Harriers in 1996. Since then the club has prospered in the field of disability sports. Ros is a leading player nationally within CP Sport and has worked hard to develop its reputation both in the north east and nationally

Services to Athletics: John and Judy Vernon
John and Judy have been stalwarts of for  many years.  They have been servants to the sport in many capacities as coaches, administrators, team managers, officials and coach educators.  John and Judy both believe in coaches working together and sharing ideas and are very active mentors to other coaches.  They are passionate advocates of the idea of coaches always continuing to learn, and will always listen to and share new ideas.  It could probably be argued that John and Judy could easily each deserve such recognition in their own right, but for all of their individual work in Athletics, John and Judy are very much a team affair and their combined ‘Services to Athletics’ in both London and beyond, are almost immeasurable.

2009 All award winners
Photos by Gwen Harris