London Volunteer Awards: Joe & Xavier recognised
The 2023 England Athletics Volunteer Awards, London Region, were held on 8th November at the grade II listed building St Bride Foundation near Fleet Street. And we had two very deserved award winners!
Coach of the Year
Runner up: Joe Everitt (Woodford Green AC with Essex Ladies)
This coach has worked hard to develop young athletes teams in both cross country and track and field. This coach has ensured that the club target a variety of leagues so that youngsters of all abilities are included. In Joe’s race reports on our website, every youngster gets an encouraging mention.
Traditionally, most of the club's youngsters would do sprint or middle-distance training. However, he introduced twice-weekly 'multi events training' to encourage them to try other events where they may have untapped potential. This approach has seen club records in such events as hurdles, Javelin and Pole Vault being set by athletes who would never otherwise have considered them- and ensures the club has excellent coverage of all track and field events.
Joe Everitt has developed an amazing camaraderie amongst the athletes, coaches and parents, with all striving to help Woodford Green AC with Essex Ladies succeed.
Inspiring Official of the Year
Winner: Xavier Brown (Woodford Green AC with Essex Ladies)
A level 2 timekeeper who officiates for his club and also alongside more experienced officials at league matches. But he also supports timekeepers of less experience and PE teachers, often by taking multiple times – not an easy task under pressure! He is also happy to talk to officials from other disciplines, even if not directly working with them. He also makes the extra effort for athletes – for example recording relay split times for athletes who don't have a coach with them.
Xavier Brown does everything in his power to make athletics meets more enjoyable for everyone. A real star.