The shortlist for the Club's Athlete of the Year Award has been announced. Medalists from the World Championships and European Indoors are among those nominated for the award, including Dina Asher-Smith and Katarina Johnson-Thompson. For a full list of nominees go to our 2019 Shortlist page.
Club members will receive voting instructions by email. Closing date for voting is Saturday 26 October. The winner will be announced at the Club's Annual Dinner in November.
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Once again, BASC was delighted to support Vault Cardiff held on Sunday 10 March at the NIAC facility on the Cardiff Met campus - the largest ever Vault Cardiff event. Having had over 160 entries, on the day 142 athletes competed across 12 pools on 4 landing mats – making it a true spectacle of UK and international pole vaulting – including athletes from Sweden, Luxembourg, Spain and Ireland! There is little doubt that pole vaulting in the UK is in a good place currently and moving from strength to strength!
A total of 51 athletes set lifetime best performances (indoors or out) – many of them doing so on multiple occasions. A further 20 set season’s best performances, meaning that 50% of the athletes jumped their highest they have so far in 2019… truly remarkable.
Jamie Webb and Kristal Awuah have been announced as recipients of BASC Breakthrough awards for their performances at the European Indoors Championships in Glasgow. Laura Muir was voted BASC Athlete of the Meet by members.
Jamie Webb took the silver medal in a thrilling 800m final, running an indoors personal best of 1:47.13. Kristal Awuah, world U20 medalist, just missed a medal in the 60m by one thousandth of a second from compatriot Asha Philip. The awards were made by the BASC committee.
The Athlete of the Meet award was in the hands of BASC members voting via Twitter immediately after the event. They chose the double 1500m/3000m gold medalist and home favourtie Laura Muir in a poll also featuring fellow gold-medalists Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Shelayna Oskan-Clarke.
Laura Muir completed the double double with her second gold medal of the European Indoor Championships in Glasgow, and Shelayna Oskan-Clarke upgraded her 2017 silver to a gold in the 800m. There were also silver medals for Jamie Webb (800m), Tim Duckworth (heptathlon), Holly Bradshaw (pole vault) and the women's 4x400m relay team. The GB&NI team won 12 gold medals between them - 9 by the women; it was the most they had won at a European Indoors.
Laura was the clear favourite in the 1500m, and she duly demolished the field with a turbo-charged final 300m after leading from the gun. She admitted the double was a challenge: “I set myself a big test this weekend. There was a lot of pressure on me but I’m so pleased to have done the job and win the double gold. It’s so special for me to do this on my home track. It was such a big opportunity for me so I’m so glad I could deliver.”
Shelayna's gold came in a more open 800m, but she led from gun to tape, controlling the race. “I’m just so pleased. I loved the feeling of crossing the finish line knowing I’d won gold,” commented an ecstatic Oskan-Clarke. "I decided beforehand I wanted to go out and focus on getting out in front because I wanted it to be a bit quicker. I would then just work really hard on the third lap. I knew at 150m I just wanted to go, and remembered to pump my arms and turn my legs. I know I’m strong, but it is just about making the right moves at the right times. It’s hard indoors because if you don’t do that, it’s too late. I wanted to be out there early and hold on for home. I knew I’d have no regrets then.”