2021 Primary Section Presentation Evening

By Andy Dennison

Due to the global pandemic the last couple of years have been a challenge for everyone, but our primary section has bounced back with gusto with much to celebrate. In an evening filled with laughter and celebration the primary section gathered for their annual awards evening. Below is a note of some of our special people who deserve an extra special pat on the back. I would like to mention everyone but you all know who you are and we salute you.

 Coach Appreciation Award Winner

Pete Horsfall

Pete joined our club as a parent in 2018 and soon became a keen volunteer running out with the Blue Group. He then decided to take the next step and took his Assistant Coach Badge and this year has become a fully qualified Athletics Coach which has been invaluable as we’ve returned to training.

 Young Helper Award Winners

Tiggy Faloon & Kelci Dennison

Tiggy has represented the club at competition, whilst at the same time volunteering over the past few years to coach our younger athletes. She has recently left us to study Geography at Hull university but returned to join us for presentation evening.

Kelci has volunteered at the Primary Section for the past 3 years including coaching with the Blue group, working in the tuck shop, painting the clubhouse, posting thousands leaflets and making literally hundreds of teas and coffees for the rest of the team.

 Volunteer Award Winner

Ashlea Walsh

Ashlea has been an invaluable member of our team over the past couple of years. She has not only been coaching with the Purple group, but, as life had to change in response to Covid, she has taken care of all our online bookings, payment systems, Facebook page and responds to dozens of emails each week. It is difficult to imagine how the Primary Section would have functioned at all over the past year without her.

 Guest of Honour

Lisa Fletcher

We wanted to recognise Lisa’s contribution, particularly during the pandemic when she was persuaded to come out of retirement to be our Covid officer. Lisa provided us with much needed advice whilst we tried to follow what was often very unclear government guidance.

Our guest presenters were two Sale Harriers athletes, Success Eduan and Annabel Amadin.

Despite being only 16, Success recently competed in the European Athletics U20 Championships. She came away with a bronze medal in the 200m in an amazing time of 23.16 seconds.

Annabel joined Sale Harriers in 2018 and was introduced to the late-Brian Spriggs who coached her in Discus and Shot Put. Since 2020, Annabel has focussed on Shot Put and progressed to become the Northern U17 Champion and English Schools champion. Annabel is currently ranked second in the Nationally for under 17s, despite being only 15 years old.