At the Athletics Norfolk awards evening at the UEA Sportspark in Norwich three West Norfolk Athletic Club youngsters were presented with county awards for their outstanding displays in 2014 .
Lucy Edwards (16) was awarded the County U17 Woman Field Athlete of the Year.
Edwards in 2014 competed for WNAC and Team Norfolk.
Her highlight was becoming the National Champion for her long jump of 4.86m at the Independent Schools Association Championships held in Birmingham in June.
Tayla Benson (18) was awarded the joint County U20 Woman Track Athlete of the Year. She competed in over 70 separate events for WNAC, Team Norfolk, and also for Reading AC as a higher claim athlete. As a 100m hurdler Benson was County Champion and won the 100m hurdles at the Norfolk Schools and Anglian Schools competitions.
Benson, who has a wide range of abilities, became Eastern Regional Champion in the Pentathlon (800m, 100m hurdles, long jump, high jump and shot put).
Matthew Bailey (19) was awarded the County Most Improved Athlete. He specialises in sprint hurdles (H) and sprints, though in 2014 as part of Team Norfolk he added 400mH. Bailey competed in both 60m and 60mH in the indoor National Championships in Sheffield getting new PB’s in both as well as Southern and Eastern Indoor Championships at Lee Valley.
Outdoors he was County Champion for 110mH, 400mH and Eastern Regional Champion for 110mH and achieved good UK rankings. Bailey is also an assistant coach and qualified field official, and thus helps other junior athletes.
The County’s Chairman Award was presented to Wally Oliver who is WNAC’s Chairman. Oliver is also a coach, field official, starter and is actively involved with the running of West Norfolk AC, Norfolk Athletics, School Athletics, Sportshall, and has given countless hours over many years.
Paul Bailey was jointly awarded the Officials Trophy for his work as a field official, and his progress towards obtaining his level 3 grade as a National Technical Official.
Four junior athletes were presented with medals and certificates in recognition of their participation in the Norfolk Young Leaders Academy, where over a number of months they undertook sessions in First Aid, coaching, officiating, event management, athlete development, and planned and ran Quad kids competitions. They were: Emma Dewdney, Amy Thorpe, Lucy Edwards and Craig Brooks.
The club trains at Lynnsport on Thursdays. For further details see: www.west norfolkac.co.uk