The club was delighted to support the annual UK Winter Long Throws Invitational Meeting at Loughborough University on 7 March, providing prizes for improvement of the day. Club chairman, John Standerline, presented the prize to Bethany Moule with a new PB in the women’s javelin by some 3 metres. Daniel Bainbridge also won the award in the men’s javelin.
Many of the UK’s best throwers competed in the hope of earning a place on the Great Britain team for the European Winter Throwing Cup in Portugal, which sadly has just been cancelled by European Athletics due to Coronavirus.
The highlight of the day came from Loughborough Alumni Taylor Campbell in the Hammer Throws with a personal best and Paris 2020 European Championships qualifier of 74.98m. Whilst the ladies' overall performance of the day went to Reading AC’s Charlotte Payne, also in the Hammer, with a World Junior Championships qualifying mark of 60.73m. Both won a special performance of the day prize for their outstanding achievements.
Sophie Hahn was announced as the winner of the Susanna Ingram Award at the BASC Annual Dinner held in Coventry, following her stunning performance at the World Para-Athletics Championship in Dubai. Sophie won two gold medals in the T38 100m and 200m. She broke her own world record in the 200m.
The announcement of the award was delayed due to the late scheduling of the World Para Athletics Championships this year. There were a number of athletes in the mix for the award, following a very successful showing by the British team.
The Susanna Ingram Award, named after a former BASC Committee member who died from cerebral palsy. It is awarded to para-athletes chosen by the BASC Committee.
(Photo: Mark Shearman)
In the biggest vote and the closest result, Katarina Johnson-Thompson has been voted the British Athletics Supporters Club Athlete of the Year 2019 following her world heptathlon title in Doha. In a thrilling competition, Kat achieved several PBs in individual disciplines, as well as her highest ever points total in a new British Record, beating Olympic and reigning World Champion Nafi Thiam into second place. The award was presented to Kat at the club's Annual Dinner in Coventry.
The result of the vote was a surprise, as many expected last year's Athlete of the Year, Dina Asher-Smith to romp home after a stunning 200m gold, 100m and relay silvers at the World Championship. KJT's achievement in Doha, though, was viewed my many members in the context of disappointing performances at major championships in the past after a great deal of promise. There was a sense of the heptathlete finally fulfilling her potential in what has become a great British tradition in the female multi-events. One thing is sure though, Britain has two world class athletes in Dina and Katarina. The two golden athletes finished only a few votes apart in the biggest turnout in the club's history, with a long gap to third placed marathon runner Callum Hawkins.
BASC has announced the 2019 winners for their various youth awards. Max Burgin, Amy Hunt, Oliver Dustin and Isabelle Boffey will receive their awards at the Club's Annual Dinner in November.
Max Burgin and Amy Hunt win the male and female versions of the BASC Young Athlete of the Year awards. Max ran the fastest 800m in the world by an U18 athlete, breaking a 23 year old British U20 record. Amy also ran a British U20 record and world U18 leading time in a 200m. Whereas Max was prevented to compete in the European U20 Championship, Amy took gold in the 200m and the 4x100m relay.
Max's loss was Oliver Dustin's gain as he took gold in the European U20 Championship 800m. Oliver is awarded the Ron Jewkes Trophy by BASC. Isabelle Boffey also won gold in the European U20 Championship. Finishing 4th in the British Championships, Isabelle has been awared the Katharine Merry Award by BASC.
Sophie McKinna has been chosen as the BASC Breakthrough Athlete at the IAAF World Championships. Sophie threw a personal best of 18.61m in the third and final round of the shot put qualification to book herself a place in the final having surpassed the qualifying distance. At the same time, Sophie has also achieved the qualifying distance required for selection for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
To put Sophie's achievement into perspective, she was the first British athlete to reach the World final in 36 years.
She finished 11th in the final just shy of 18m.