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2019 President Awards Dinner

Friday, 8 November 2019 at Weald Kent Golf Club, Headcorn

The awards are:-  

Kent Male Athlete of the year – Adam Gemili (B&B)
Kent Female Athlete of the year - Dina Asher-Smith (B&B)
Kent Male Junior Athlete - Kai Barham (DHAC)
Kent Junior Female Athlete of the year - Louise Evans (B&B)
Kent Coach of the year - Derek Laws (Ashford)
Kent Volunteer of the year - Andrew Scoones (Swale Combined)
Kent Young Volunteer of the year - Freya Jury (Swale Combined)
Kent Official of the year – Sian Thomas (Medway Phoenix?)
Kent Young Official of the year – James Taylor (Tonbridge)

 

 

DINA ASHER-SMITH
I’m sure our 1st winner requires no introduction and it won’t require me to reel off an endless amount of performance data and statistics because as we all know, Dina Asher-Smith has become a global superstar in our sport. Her achievements and accolades cannot go unnoticed and I’m sure it’s fair to say most, if not all of us in this room our proud to say she started here in Kent as a junior rising through the ranks.


In 2019 she PB’ed in the 100 and 200 and remained British number one and the fastest British woman of all time over both distances. Her impressive 10.83 earned her a World silver medal and 21.88 gave her the gold, making her 2019 World Champion. Dina loves being part of the relay and she finished off a fantastic Championships by winning a 4x100m silver medal. She also competed in the Doha, Stockholm, California, Birmingham and Zurich Diamond Leagues, meaning that once again she finished on top, dominating the 200m for a first place overall standing.


As I said at the top, I think we’re all proud she started here and nominations received from Blackheath and Bromley goes to show how well loved and respected she is. I think she’s a fantastic role model and I hope she continues to inspire a young generation of athletes, especially in Kent.
The Kent senior athlete of 2019 is Dina Asher-Smith

ADAM GEMILI
The senior male winner is also known around the country and again, Adam Gemili has brought so much pride to Kent Athletics. With much international success over the years, this year also saw great achievements for him. Adam finished the season ranked 3rd in Britain for the 100m and 200m. At the World Championships in Doha, I’m sure we all saw his disappointment in narrowly finishing 4th in the 200m final however this was his fastest time of the year, in 20.03. His fastest 100m time of 2019 came in the London Anniversary Games at the Olympic Park in July, where he ran 10.07 in the heat and then followed this up with a 10.04 for the final.

Just like Dina, Adam relishes the chance to be in the GB relay team and in Doha ran a great first, along with Zharnel Hughes, Richard Kilty and Nathaneel Mitchell-Blake, they all performed excellently to obtain that much wanted World Championship medal. It was an impressive time of 37.36, which not only earnt them the medal, but a British and European record.

Being high profile, it’s always lovely to see Adam’s personable nature and him setting a fine example for how to behave within the sport. I, I’m sure along with others wish Adam all the best going into 2020.

The senior male athlete for 2019 is Adam Gemili

DEREK LAWS
Our coach of the year is a member of Ashford AC and been coaching for over 25 years.

The group has steadily grown and this is purely due to the nature of his training skills and the atmosphere he creates within the group, all of whom enjoy his coaching and management of their programmes. He has taken on a young group of multi event athletes and runs five sessions throughout the week to coach various events.

In 2019, the team that included Sarris Teale achieved a Gold medal as part of the U17 Women’s team in Exeter at the English Schools Multi Event Championships. There were also more medals at our own County Combined Event Championships with a gold and bronze for Libby Turbutt and Nadia Sadler-Reeves in the Under 15 pentathlon and a bronze for Yasmin Sadler-Reeves in the Under 17 heptathlon.
As well as these, there were also a number of pb's, medals of all colours at the Kent Indoor and Outdoor Kent Championships, the Kent Schools Championships and representation at the English Schools in Birmingham this year.


As well as coaching he provides support to the Ashford Leisure Trust by fixing up the Pole Vault and assists with car park marshalling at cross country events throughout the winter season. He is considered a great friend and mentor to many up and coming coaches at Ashford and long may this continue.
Coach of 2019 is Derek Laws

FREYA JURY
The next award is for young volunteer and our recipient this evening undertook the level 1 field official course at the start of the year, despite being too young to get a DBS. She subsequently officiated at all the Kent Young Athletes Leagues, judging for not only her own club, Swale Combined but assisting other clubs when they were short too. She officiated in SAL matches when not competing herself, several open competitions around the county, as well as Swales own Club Championships. She also recently successfully took the lead roles in a Sportshall events and anyone that’s been to a Sportshall, will know that’s no mean feat and she received some excellent feedback from other officials and parents.

Although she is a young woman, she’s been involved in the sport and Swale Combined for several years now and she is already passing on her knowledge and skills to athletes younger than herself, showing an excellent aptitude for coaching. I’m informed she also helps behind the scenes and is responsible for maintaining Swale’s club records and yearly rankings.

As well as all the work she’s doing within her club, she’s a very good athlete too, she placed 6th in the 100m Kent outdoor final and jumped 4.89 for the long jump silver medal. A month later she earnt herself a PB jumping 5.11, which gave her 3rd place in the Kent Schools. Showing she’s a fantastic all rounder she achieved the Under 17 Heptathlon title at our Kent Combined Championships at Erith.

The Young Volunteer for 2019 is Freya Jury

ANDREW SCOONES
I am extremely disappointed our next winner can’t be here this evening and I know he himself was gutted when I informed him of his win however unfortunately he flew to Berlin this morning.

Our senior volunteer of the year also comes from Swale Combined and he is a dedicated coach, team manager, committee member and athlete. Being at a large proportion of fixtures myself from track and field to cross country, he can always be seen dedicating his time and energy in either running himself or encouraging his athletes and team mates to do the same. He has a fantastic attitude, and his passion for the sport, and his club shines always through.

He is a qualified coach specialising in endurance, sprints and hurdles although does have experience in jumps and throws also and because of his brilliant all round knowledge, he coaches the club’s multi eventers. Competing since an under 11 himself and always doing whatever is needed for the club, he sets an excellent example for the younger athletes.

Just like Freya he has officiated on the field in all their league fixtures, he is the club secretary and press officer and along with his dad Richard, sister Katie and members such as Freya, they continue to keep the club moving forward. I’m delighted to say the volunteer of the year goes to Andrew Scoones……and he has asked if Freya can collect his award on his behalf.

LOUISE EVANS
Our next winner is a junior under 20 female and she has had an excellent season gaining PB’s in the 200m and 400m, with the 400m being her main event.

In the England Under 20 Championships at Bedford she ran 53.44 for 2nd place and she, along with the winner of that race were both selected for the European Under 20 Championships in Sweden. In Sweden, she had a busy schedule to contend with but showing her strength, she successfully progressed through the 400 heat and semi to finish a very respectable 7th place in the final.

She was also selected for the 4x400m relay and taking the baton from Isabelle Boffey, just narrowly in front, then ran a storming 3rd leg, increasing the gap and giving GB an impressive lead for Amber Anning to then bring the baton home for that gold medal. You could tell they wanted it and you could see they had left everything on the track and to see them all huddled together after with big smiles on their faces was just lovely to see.

In August then mixed it up with the seniors and ran her second fastest time of the season, 53.95 at the British Champs. She finished the season ranked number 2 as under 20 and is now 23rd on the all time under 20 rankings.

Our junior female athlete of 2019 is Louise Evans

KAI BARHAM
Our next winner is our youngest winner this evening by turning 14 only yesterday and as a first year under 15, he had a fantastic season throwing the hammer.

I must say it’s an extremely strong event for Kent at the moment, whereby 4 of the top 5 athletes all compete for Kent clubs however our winner this evening finished the season ranked 2nd in the UK and had an impressive string of performances that kept building throughout the season.

He won a silver medal by 8cms at the English Schools which was a PB at the time of 45.55 metres. He won another silver at the England U15 Championships, this time with a little bit more leeway, winning by 41cms, a throw of 47.67 metres and he also won gold at the South of England U15 Championships in August. His furthest throw of the season was his last competition in Hull, where he threw a massive 49.44 metres and every comp this season finished with a national standard throw.

As I said at the beginning, it’s a hotly contested rivalry by those at the top at the moment however our winner has shown that when the pressure is on, he can throw big. I know how disappointed he was not to throw over 50 metres this year but I am certain that going into next season as a 2nd year under 15, it will hold bigger and better things for him and hopefully he’ll achieve that number 1 ranking spot he desperately wants.

The junior athlete of 2019 goes to Kai Barham
 

 


2018 Presidents Awards Dinner

Annual President Awards Dinner was held on Friday, 9 November 2018 at The Tudor Park Maidstone

 

The awards are:-  

Kent Male Athlete of the year – 2018 winner was James Whitaker

Kent Female Athlete of the year - 2018 winner was Dina Asher Smith

Kent Junior Male Athlete of the year - 2018 winner was Ethan Brown

Kent Junior Female Athlete of the year - 2018 winner was Holly Page

Kent Coach of the year - 2018 winner was Steve Munday

Kent Official of the year - 2018 winner was Mike Botha

Kent Volunteer of the year - 2018 winner was Wendy Daniel (posthumous award)

Kent Young official - 2018 winner was Josh Masters

Kent Young Volunteer of the year - 2018 winner was Sam Crane

 

Could you be a nominator of the 2019 award winner; do not delay email your nomination to president18-21@kcaa.org.uk


2017 Presidents Awards Dinner

 

Annual President Awards Dinner was held on Friday, 10th November 2017 at The Tudor Park Maidstone

2017 Awards are:- 

Kent Male Athlete of the year                 - 2017 winner was Peter Davey

Kent Female Athlete of the year             - 2017 winner was Pat Oaks

Kent Junior Male Athlete of the year       - 2017 winner was James Puxty

Kent Junior Female Athlete of the year   - 2017 winner was Lily Murray

Kent Coach of the year                          - 2017 winner was Pete Mason

Kent Official of the year                         - 2017 winner was Gill Freeman

Kent Volunteer of the year                     - 2017 winner was James Roberts

Kent Young Volunteer of the year           - 2017 winner was Bonnie Maugey

David Holder Trophy                              - 2017 winner was Megan Williams

 

 

 

 


Photos from 2016


The 2015 Presidents Awards Winners Were:

Senior Female Athlete of the Year: Dina Asher-Smith (Blackheath & Bromley)

A regular at international meetings representing her country, and currently the world 100m junior champion. 

Senior Male Athlete of the Year: Tom Bosworth (Tonbridge AC)

A regular walker on the international circuit representing his county and represented GB in the Worlds championships this year.

Junior Male Athlete of the Year: Chris Olley (Tonbridge AC)

During this year he has represented GB in the World Junior championships.

Junior Female Athlete of the Year: Bobby Clay (Invicta East Kent)

A middle distance runner showing great performance both in county & schools championships and now starting to represent her country.

Coach of the Year: Peter Mullervy (Invicta East Kent)

A middle distance coach, currently coaching Bobby Clay, who has also served the County on the Team Selection committee and is currently serving on an England Athletics committee.

Official of the Year: Phil Pape (Cambridge Harriers)

Although this award acknowledges Phil’s rapid progress through the ranks as a Starters Assistant and in particularly in attending a very large number of meetings each year, he is also involved in County Cross County, and County Team Management.

Volunteer of the Year: Tina Tappenden (Ashford AC)

Tina is very active in both her club & at County level with particular involvement with the KYAL & in mentoring support for our young officials

Young Volunteer of the Year: Kian Crawford (Ashford AC)

Other counties think of young officials as under 40, Kent is pleased that it has so many under 20 good officials so being selected by KSAA to officiate at the ESAA championships is a real achievement.

Kent Officials Secretary Award of the Year: Chloe Williams (Thanet AC)

Chloe is one of our young officials on her way up & has been representing Thanet & Kent as an young official at several national events during the year.

Presidents 25th Anniversary Award for long service: Mick Paul (Cambridge Harriers)

Mick was involved in the leadership of KCAA when it was form 25 years ago. He is current Treasurer, been a Team Selector & Team Manager as well as “officiating” at both cross country & track & field and clearly one of the most known people in Kent athletics. In particular Louise was delighted to be able to award him as he had proposed that Louise should be President several years ago.

Could you be a nominator of the 2016 award winner; do not delay email a nomination to  secretary@kcaa.org.uk

 

Photos from 2015

 


 

Photos from 2014



KCAA had the chance to congratulate 3 of its members at this year’s AGM with presentations by its chairman / EA South East Regional Council member David Ralph of 3 awards.  First there were 2 EA SE Regional awards:
Jan Duffin (Paddock wood AC & Secretary of the KCAA Sportshall Committee secretary) who received an award recognising her lifelong contribution to athletics as a volunteer.
Ashford Leisure Trust (ALT) (management group of the Julie Rose stadium) who provide a multitude of athletic services to us & others in Kent who won the Partnership Award for the second year running. Peter Le Rossignol (Development Manager, Ashford AC member & Coach) accepted the award on behalf of ALT.
Secondly Mick Paul (KCAA Treasurer, KCAA Female Team Selector & Cambridge Harriers member) who received the SEAA 40 years services to athletics certificate – which will take some beating. This follows on from him being award the Civic Recognition of Voluntary Service by Adults in 2014 by Bexley Council in April by the Mayor, which both truly recognise his lifelong contribution to athletics.
18-11-14



Our Chairman receives his 20 year Award for Services to Athletics and the SEAA in particular from the Hon. Treasurer 21-09-14



John Neal (Member of KCAA Council & previous KCAA Officials Secretary) presents a KCAA Long Service award for Officiating
to Derek Seamon at the KCAA Championship weekend
16-06-14



Ray and Sue Gladman's last time officiating and receiving Kent's thanks and good luck for the future. 22 September 2013.

 


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