West Norfolk club scoops eight county athletics awards at Norwich UEA

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One of the most successful years for West Norfolk Athletics Club was honoured in style at the UEA Sportscentre in Norwich last Wednesday.

The Lynn based club received no fewer than eight awards; five went to athletes, one to a coach and two to club and county officials.

Norfolk Athletics invited the following winners to their award evening.

In the Under 20, track category, Tayla Benson won the award for fourth place at the National Championship in Bedford in the 100m hurdles. In the same age group Megan Rushmore won the field category for once again winning the Hammer Throw competition at the County Championship.

Lucy Koenigsberger was awarded the U15 field category for outstanding performances in her first year of Hammer, winning the County Championship and placing in the top 10 at the National Championship in Bedford.

Charlie Williams won the U15 Sportshall category for a truly superb indoor season, in which he won most of the events. As a result of these performances, he will represent Norfolk in the Nationals in April, in which more medals could come his way.

The award for the most improved athlete went to Cameron Ross. Cameron, trained by Paul Edwards, competes in Paralympic, East Anglian League and national meetings and won three medals at national championships in 2015. His talent is astounding and the progress made a sign of his dedication to the sport.

Behind every successful athlete is an equally dedicated coach. This can surely be said about John Greenhalgh who coaches hurdles at WNAC.

The recent hurdles successes of many club members are down to his expertise and hours spent developing these athletes.

John most deservedly won the coach development award for 2015.

Joint winners of the Norfolk Athletics Chairman Award went to Wally Oliver and Paul Bailey. Wally has led the club for over 20 years, is a qualified starter, time keeper, track judge and can be seen at just about every athletics event in East Anglia. The award honours his selfless efforts over many years for the club and athletics in general. Similarly,

Bailey has many roles within the club and is the highest accredited official.

In this role he officiates at athletics meetings up to international level and represents the club in the best possible way.