The 2014 British Athletics Supporters Club awards have been announced at the Annual Dinner Weekend. Award winners are:
Well over 400 BASC Members voted for the athlete of the year with 22 athletes receiving votes. Jo received 58% of the vote - a reflection not only of the athlete's best season yet but aso her popularity among athletics afficionades. As the media delight in reminding us, Jo's achievement at the age of 40 and not long after the birth of her second child makes her European 10,000m gold medal even more commendable. Jo also won a bronze medal over the same distance at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. She crowned a memorable year with third place in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award.
This year’s Ron Jewkes Trophy was awarded to David Omoregie for his run of 13.17 winning the 110m Hurdles at the England Athletics under 20 and under 23 Championships in Bedford. The Cardiff AC athlete backed up that performance with a bronze medal at the World Junior Championships and set a personal best two days later at the same venue over the senior barriers clocking 13.53 at the Run TrackTown High Performance Meet.
Dina Asher-Smith is the winner of the Katharine Merry Trophy for her run of 22.61 in the first semi-final of the European Championships in Zurich, a run which ranked her third in the UK senior rankings and broke Kathy Cook’s British Junior record that had stood since 1979. However, Dina could also won the award for a number of other performances having won World Junior gold over 100m and breaking the British Junior record over 100m.
City of York AC’s Tom Somers has had an eventful but highly successful season over 200m. Tom’s time of 20.37 run in the semi-final of the World Junior Championships in Eugene ranks him second only to Usain Bolt as a 17 year old and placed him third on the UK rankings list for 2014. His achievement is all the more remarkable as he had only been concentrating on athletics for a little over a year having shown promise as a rugby player. We were delighted to welcome Tom to our annual awards dinner at Brandon Hall to accept his award.
It is difficult to know where to start to list the achievements of Morgan Lake in the 2014 season. Morgan won World Junior gold in Eugene in both the heptathlon and high jump, setting a British Junior high jump record of 1.94m in the high jump and a world youth record of 6,148 in the heptathlon. Earlier in the season, Morgan scored over 6,000 points at the Gotzis Hypomeeting, an event won by Katarina Johnson-Thompson, a previous winner of this award.
2014 was a busy year for Cardiff Met’s Aled Davies. Early in the season he extended his world discus record in the F42 class to an impressive 49.08m. The first major competitive stop of the season for the Welshman was in Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games where he finished second behind his GB team mate, Dan Greaves, who was competing for England in this mixed classification event. Aled struck double gold at the IPC European Championships in Swansea winning both the F42 shot and discus.
14 year old Maria Lyle from Dunbar had a most impressive first year of elite competition. Opening up her season at the Fazaa Grand Prix in Dubai, she broke the nine year old T35 200m world record by over a second. Three months later, the 100m world record was to fall. Maria’s season was capped by an impressive 100m/200m double in Swansea. Chairman, Philip Andrew, recently presented a delighted Maria with her award at her Edinburgh training venue.