Athletics

Tavistock AC claim South West club and coach of the year titles

TAVISTOCK AC enjoyed success at England Athletics’ Regional Volunteer Awards evening on Saturday.

They were named South West club of the year, while Elaine Fileman was named coach of the year at the online ceremony.

Their citation for winning club of the year said: “The club takes all levels of athletes from age eight upwards and have an active junior and senior section.

“They have particularly developed throwing, working with coaches from other clubs, and have encouraged new runners through various ‘Couch to 5K’ programmes, monthly races as well as a successful seven-mile race and a half-marathon.

“Tavistock AC has developed well in recent years and has produced many good athletes with success on the track, road and cross country.

“The club has also worked well in the local community raising money for charity.

“Despite lockdown, the club has taken over the control of the track at Tavistock College and created an excellent base for all levels of athletics: they also made it available to use by City of Plymouth and Erme Valley Harriers athletes.

“Without this forward thinking approach, the club would have struggled as would many other clubs in recent times. Tavistock AC has also invested in the facility, installing a new recorders hut and an equipment storage facility and now have plans to build a clubhouse and toilets at trackside.”

Elaine Fileman has played a big role in developing throwers at Tavistock AC.

Her coach of the year citation said: “Elaine Fileman, started her coaching background with no athletics background. She took it upon herself to get qualified as a coach and to this day she continues to further her knowledge to deliver the best quality coaching possible.

“She worked her way up to coaching several under-15 girls who are now reaching English Schools’ standard in the hammer. She has paved the way for future throwers at Tavistock Athletics Club and the South West by using every available resource to gain knowledge and skills to facilitate her athletes’ training to make great technical advances in their techniques.

“As well as being a coach, Elaine has a key role on the club’s committee as junior coach coordinator. In this role, she always makes sure that the juniors have a place in the club to train and are happy in their groups as well as supporting other coaches by sharing her knowledge.

“Since lockdown she has helped other coaches and their athletes who have been unable to train at their own track and created new training groups so that everyone possible could continue to grow as athletes and work towards reaching their full potential.”

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