Former Ashwicken ace Heath bags World Masters male athlete of year award

David Heath Male Athlete of the Year World Masters in the Beijing 800m.'
David Heath Male Athlete of the Year World Masters in the Beijing 800m.'
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Former Ashwicken Great Britain senior international David Heath has bagged another top athletics award.

After the recent news that the 50-year-old had been named as the European Masters Male Athlete of the Year, he has now done a one-two by being awarded the World Masters Male Athlete of the Year.

Heath, who was the Lynn News Sportsman of the Year in 1999 and 1989, was rewarded for his M50 middle-distance displays during the year.

W55 distancer Silke Schmidt of Germany and Heath were named World Best Masters Athletes of 2015 by World Masters Athletics.

Kurt Kaschke, EMA (European Masters Athletics) president, wrote: “The decision of WMA for the Best Masters 2015 was sent out to the regions. Europe Masters will be represented in Monaco during the IAAF Gala.

“Congratulations to Silke Schmidt and David Heath - thank you for having you with us.”

He headed to Beijing to take part in special summer races at the IAAF World Championships and won the IAAF 800m exhibition. Heath is now based in France and coaches France’s 2013 European cross-country champion Sophie Duarte.

He won Lyon gold in the 800m and 1500m by three seconds and 14 seconds, respectively. He also set superb times in several events, including a near-world record of 1:58.72 and world record 3:58.26.

Heath has suffered a heart attack and a broken foot during his career. He just missed out on competing at a major championships on the track when competing in his 20’s.