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Young Athletes Excellence, Colours and Merit Awards 12 November 2017
Held at The Great Hall, Bromley Civic Centre

See why we celebrated

The Young Athlete’s Awards took place on Sunday 12th November at The Great Hall, Bromley Civic Centre. Over 200 athletes, parents, club officials, coaches and other guests, including special guest Dina Asher Smith, gathered together to celebrate another hugely successful season:

The U13/U15 teams were Kent Young Athlete Champions, they also finished 2nd in the Southern Premier Division of the YDL and 2nd in the National Final.

Our U17/U20 Teams won both their League and the YDL Final with the Junior Women's going on to claim 3rd place in the European Junior Clubs Final in Brno, Czech Republic.

Next year both Junior teams will be representing GB in this competition, this we believe is the first time in the history of the event that one club has achieved this.

Our individual athletes also achieved fantastic performances with 27 club records being broken in the 2017 season, our athletes won numerous Excellence, Colours and Merit awards as a result of winning national, area and county champs, and achieving Grade 1 National standards, some breaking league records and winning medals in multiple events in a single championship. Large numbers of our athletes were selected to compete for their counties during both the winter and summer seasons, with several being prominent finishers in the London Mini Marathon. During the summer we had 42 club members going on to represent their schools county associations at the English Schools Track & Field Championships, with a fantastic 15 medal winners!

The event itself was a big success; our President Nick Brooks introduced Dina who gave an inspiring talk that was enjoyed by the audience. After the awards everyone enjoyed the party afterwards, the photo booth proved to be very popular! Special thanks to everyone who contributed to a successful evening, and I would like to thank the following for their significant contribution to the event:

Parents Council (Claire Austridge, Isobel Harrington, Wendy Leach, Sue Pope & Nick Swatton) for organising and hosting the event
President Nick Brooks for acting as Master of Ceremonies
Dina Asher Smith as guest speaker
Anita Evenden - Introduction to her role as Club’s Mental Health Ambassador
Alan Pope – donated the water bottles and funded the photo booth! (
Roy Dickens – donated the Sony products for the very popular raffle!
Jane Bradshaw, Nick Nuttall and Gemma Steinle – vouchers for massage prizes for the raffle
Jay Galley – provided the photo slideshow and was the photographer
Nic Corry – provided music during the event
Belinda Barker and Karen Desborough - assisting with registration and certificates on the night
Will Pope & Victoria Wiltshire – team captain’s thanks to team managers and coaches
Rose Bennett, Dave Cordell and Trevor Leach (Wendy’s catering team who did a great job under trying circumstances!)
Nichola Byfield - providing tea and coffee during the event (also for supporting her husband!)
Awards Sub Committee (Pat Calnan, Paul Austridge, Andy Frankish) for reviewing awards

List of awards winners to follow

Photos from Jay Galley


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