Eight other athletes have already been nominated. Is anyone else worthy of recognition for their amazing achievements through the year? Read the other nominations here.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your nomination by the end of Monday 13 November. Please say which category it is for and why they deserve the award.
Laura Ames – best performance
Laura Ames has done so well as she has just had a baby boy. She has gone on to competing in two triathlons, winning first lady position in both the Biddulph GoTri and in the starter sprint race at Chantilly. She has shown great determination and her performance in France was fabulous. She always tries her hardest in training and has done a fantastic job in balancing being a mum and an athlete. She always has a smile on her face and is a big credit to our club.
Nathan Ames – best performance
Nathan is an exceptional triathlete who consistently does his best at every event that he attends, but the one that has shown itself to be the most impressive this year is his completion of his first Iron Man, which took months and months of his time and effort to prepare for. He did not disappoint, commemorating the momentous occasion with possibly one of the best Iron Man tattoos anybody has ever seen. He did a fantastic time, and it is important to remember that whilst he was preparing for his Iron Man, he had just had a baby, and still managed to fit in the amount of hours needed to complete this amazing feat.
Lloyd Bebbington – best performance
Lloyd took second place at the Trentham Olympic Distance Tri. He consistently performs well and at Oulton Park Duathlon he was 20th overall and 1st in his category, at Blithfield he was 13th overall and 5th in his age group.
Lloyd is also a great ambassador for the club, being interviewed on TV for the Trentham triathlon, wearing club kit with pride and putting NTC on the map.
Zara Bailey – most dedicated
Zara has a training plan put in place each week and she sticks to it with true dedication as she can not always get to the training sessions due to her busy days .
Zara has taken part and done well in several triathlons this year including the Castle Series, raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support through the year. She has had some health illness and just one week before going to Kent for the Hever Castle triathlon she was in hospital. Lots of people told her not to go but she said: “I cannot let Macmillan and my club down so I am going to do it as I have promised to raise £1,000”.
Zara also asked her work to give her every Thursday off so she could go and help the juniors at the open water swim and still fit in her own swimming in at the end of the evening. She is a true fighter and has shown true dedication to herself and her club.
Helen Mason – best performance
Helen qualified for the ETU Sprint Distance Triathlon, representing GB in her first international event. ITU Rotterdam, Helen was 12th in AG 30-34 (6th GBR). She was also third lady in the Llandudno sea triathlon and fourth lady in her age group in the Oulton Park autumn duathlon sprint.
Jason Riley – most improved
Jason took 2nd place in the super sprint tri at Trentham, his first ever triathlon event. He has lost a huge amount of weight and has really committed to the club in all aspects. Even his van is NTC colours!
Phil Rowley – most dedicated
Phil is one of the most dedicated people that we have the pleasure to know. Despite his serious accident at the beginning of the year, he has trained consistently with the club, representing Newcastle Tri throughout the year. He is always there to give encouragement to both the young and the adult groups, going out of his way at triathlon meets to make people feel happy and ready for their race, to talk to them after the races as well, to keep up morale. He is one of the most dedicated people there is.
Eden Schiller – best performance
Eden qualified to represent Great Britain in the European Age Group Triathlon Championships in the U19 years category – at 14 years the youngest confirmed qualifier to date.
Eden needed to finish in the top 3 in her age category in the third qualifying race at Thorpe Park to secure her first GB vest. Starting in the U30 Womens wave (approximately 80 competitors), Eden exited the 800m lake swim first overtaking competitors from the previous wave, maintained a good position on the 21km bike leg, and clocked the fastest female 5km run of the day.
Not only did Eden win the U19 age category, she also beat all the other 216 female competitors in the race, claiming the 1st overall female trophy.
Ian Smith – volunteer
Ian is an exceptional swimming coach, and is there providing good advice for everybody. A man with a fantastic way about him, with great mannerisms, and advice for anybody who needs it with regards to sports related injuries. He has a keen interest in helping all members to realise their full potential. If he is around during competition times, he is there to boost morale and gives feedback to those who ask. All in all Ian is a very approachable and caring person who does his utmost with his time to advance members of the club.
Helen Towers – volunteer
Helen Towers is a super volunteer who goes out of her way to help the development ride group feel at ease. She will make sure everyone is happy and feeling looked after. Helen is always there to help out with anything she can. The club has a fantastic lady who we can all rely on to make everyone happy.
Simon Walker – most improved
Simon Walker has come a long way in 12 months and has done remarkably well. He turns up to support most of the training sessions and he has got some very good results in 2017. Simon also encourages everyone in our club.
Lee J Watson – best performance and most improved
Lee J joined NTC around 18 months ago and in his first year he has shown significant improvement in all aspects of his performance. He has learned much during his first year’s competition, particularly the need to ensure his kit is properly prepared following lessons learned from racing with a gel in his shoe, another time with a bike computer in his shoe and another time with the insole completely rolled up! He’s also mastered remembering to remove his helmet before starting his run – something else he struggled with at first!
From a standing start, having never entered triathlon competitions before, he has achieved fantastic results. Out of the 10 races he has taken part in, he has won seven and finished second in two in his age category (he finished 15th in the other because he created his own course and added an extra four miles to the bike leg). He achieved 2nd in his first age group race and 2nd overall in his Chantilly triathlon race in France. In addition to this he finished 2nd overall in the West Midlands Series.
Even though Lee J finds it hard to attend a lot of the sessions, he goes above and beyond in his own personal training outside of the club, while still representing Newcastle Tri at all events. He was already a phenomenal runner but this year his swimming has come on tremendously, along with his biking to make him into one fantastic all round triathlete.