16 May 2011
Athletics NSW Awards 2010/11
Last Saturday evening, Athletics NSW held their annual awards evening at the Novotel Hotel, Homebush. Fabrice Lapierre and Dani Samuels were awarded the outstanding male and female athletes of the year. The evening also recognised volunteers, clubs, officials and coaches who play an enormous role in the sport.
Most Outstanding Male and Female – Fabrice Lapierre and Dani Samuels
The current world champion, Dani Samuels competed regularly on the international circuit, placing in a few Diamond League meets. She closed the season ranked number six in the world.
Fabrice was at his best last season, winning the Commonwealth Games title and ranking third in the world. Just prior to the season he became World Indoor champion.
President’s Award – Nick Moroney
For the past two decades Nick Moroney, now aged 38, has compiled one of the most amazing career records in high jump. He represented Australia at the 2002 and 2006 Commonwealth Games and also Oceania at two World Cups. He has been the best Australian high jumper of the last decade with six national titles and places in every championship until 2008. Since his first 2.10m clearance in December 1990, he has leapt over 2.10m 21 consecutive years. In a dramatic competition at this year’s NSW championships, when the odds (weather etc) seemed to be against him, he claimed silver. It was his 22 consecutive season he has leapt over 2.10m and 20th consecutive medal at the State champs, first achieved in 1992. It brought his tally at State Championships to 10 gold, 8 silver and 2 bronze. Nick is a very popular competitor, always encouraging and supporting his competitors.
Best Performance at an Australian Championship – Luke Adams
In February Hobart, Luke claimed silver in the national 20km walk championship clocking the outstanding time of 1:21.00. The time, a World Championships A qualifier, and his second placed, secured automatic selection in the Australian team for the 2011 World Championships to be held in Daegu.
For distinguished service to the sport, 10 life members and service merit awards winners were named at the 2010/11 Athletics NSW Awards event.
Service Merit Award
Dan Suchy (WES)
Hans Tiller (MHA)
Sue Stephens (RYD)
Ron Bendall (UTS)
Margaret Beardslee (MIN)
Bev Jaye (UTS)
Ian Graves (SUT)
Allan Kay (KOT)
Steel Beveridge (WLG)
Kim Owens (RBH)
Aspiring Triple Jumper – Natalie Apikitoa
Although only 6, Natalie was the fifth ranked senior triple jumper in Australia last season. Natalie won the NSW open title, was second in the Australian U18 triple jump and caped the season with a bronze in the national open championship.
Club Administrator of the Year – Terry Manns
Terry Manns has been the backbone of Campbelltown club for many years. Terry is seen coaching, officiating and administrating the club. One of the largest NSW clubs, Campbelltown has the addition task of managing a major sporting venue. Terry coordinated the hosting of the NSW Combined events championships in January.
New Official of the Year – Kevin Johnson
Kevin Johnson emerged from the Campbelltown as a new official in 2010. During the season Kevin mostly officiated in the field.
Official of the Year – Graham Kearns
A leading NSW official, Graham has lent his skills in the technical area of photo finish. He travelled to Newcastle to operate the photo finish at the Country Championships and Hunter Track Classic.
Most Outstanding AWD Athlete – Kurt Fearnley
Kurt continues to be one of the world’s leading paralympic athletes. Last season he won gold at the Commonwealth Games and defended his world marathon title in January in Christchurch.
Club Premiership and Country Club Premiership – UTS Norths and Illawarra Blue Stars
UTS Norths and IBS scored the most club points during the year.
Metropolitan Club of the Year – Hills
A strong all round club over winter and summer, Hills had good registration numbers, ran a strong winter program and was competitive over summer. The club maintains its own track and has a good line up of coaches.
Country Club of the Year – Macquarie Hunter
Macquarie Hunter have been one of the leading country clubs for years. The club has developed close ties with the Macquarie Shores Little Athletics club ensure a seamless progression for little athletes. They have placed numerous athletes on senior teams, including Pirrenee Steinert and Laura Whaler.
Winter Club Trophy – Kembla Joggers
Point score based award where the competition will be conducted on the number of finishers in any one event making up teams of three in running events, and two in walking events over the entire 2010 Winter Series.
Coach of the Year – Sean Williams
Sean placed four athletes on the Australian team for the 2011 World Cross Country. He also coached Ben St Lawrence who was undoubtely the leading distance runner in Australia during the season.
Male and Female Distance Runner – Isaac Serem and Noni Cooper
Isaac and Noni scoring the highest number of points over the eight winter championships in 2010.
Male and Female Distance Walker of the Year – Troy Sundstrom and Sarah Raycanovski
Troy and Sarah scored the highest number of points over the walking championship events in 2010.
David Tarbotton and Ron Bendall for Athletics NSW
Image: Hans Tiller (service merit award winner) and Trevor Height (former athlete, coach, official and administrator at Macquarie Hunter – country club of the year). Photo courtesy of David Tarbotton