Junior tri club celebrate great year

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Junior members of Rugby’s Triathlon Club celebrated their 2011 achievements with a fantastic awards night on Saturday.

It took no time for the youngsters and their families to make the most of the atmosphere, the talent show and karaoke.

However, it was a very big honour to have Hywel Davies present the trophies.

Hywel, during his career, has represented Great Britain in four different sports and this year, while again on national duty, became the current European Long Distance Triathlon Champion.

Junior Club Chairman, John Austin said: “It was an honour to have such an athlete of Hywel’s calibre present our awards, he offers inspiration to our young members in the way that he has competed at the very highest level in British, European and World triathlon events while maintaining a very busy work and home life.”

Junior club award winners:

Champions Award: Alex Considine; Anja Wyatt

Coach & Committee Award: Katie Clements

Coach of the Year Award: Helen Childs

Graham Emery Award: Alex Considine

Best Attendance Award: Jessica Butterworth & Reece Oldham

Swim Time Trial Best Improver: Anja Wyatt

Tri Star Start (Ages 7/8): 1 James Austin, Anja Wyatt

Tri Star 1 (Ages 9/10): 1 Skip Snelson, Holly Glover; 2 Aidan Tombs; 3 Cameron Fletcher.

Tri Star 2 (Ages 11/12): 1 Aidan McGuirk, Francesca Austin; 2 Joseph Childs, Chandra Singh; 3 Thomas Hardman, Danielle Whitington.

Tri Star 3 (Ages 13/14): 1 Chris Rouse, Niamh Emery; 2 Surajan Singh, Megan Jennings; 3 Reece Oldham, Katie Clements.

Tri Youth (Ages 15/16): 1 Alex Considine; 2 Seb Considine; 3 Ben Emery.

n New for 2012 is the Graham Emery Award for Outstanding Contribution to Triathlon, a perpetual trophy to honour the memory of Junior Section Committee Member and Club Coach Graham Emery, who sadly passed away in 2011 and which embodies the attitude and sense of enjoyment and fun he brought to the junior club.

Lastly, immediate past Chairman Ian Payne received a commemorative glass plaque and engraved pen in recognition of his outstanding dedication to making the Rugby Triathlon Juniors the success they are today.

He has been instrumental, in the last five years, in getting the club off the ground, ensuring it is run professionally for the benefit of the whole community and its many young participants.

If you are interested in taking part in triathlon, more information concerning the club’s adult and junior sections can be found at:

www.rugbytriathlon.org.uk.