Here is the shortlist for the club awards 2018. The winners will be announced at the awards night on 2 February 2019.
Performance of the year – female
Zara’s performance at the World Triathlon series in Leeds where she finished 3rd in her age group and 12th overall, was followed a month later with in the British Sprint Triathlon Championships, where she won silver in her age group. Zara has achieved PBs in all her other races this year and truly deserves recognition.
Michelle has really stamped her mark on this sport with some great age group and overall results. She was third lady and first age category winner at the September Nantwich triathlon, having finished 12th lady and fifth age category at the same event in May. She also was first lady in the Congleton triathlon.
Eden has posted a series of impressive wins and podium places at the top level through the year, racing with maturity and determination.
Among her year’s achievements are:
– Gold in the European Triathlon Union championships 16 to 19 age category (and fastest in the 20 to 24 age group) in Glasgow
– Bronze in the Super Series in Jersey
– Bronze in the Super Series elite youth girls at Leeds
– First lady in the Lichfield BRAT spring triathlon
One club member who has seen Eden compete says: “She has done so well in every race she has gone into winning against ladies who are much older than her.
“She came off her bike and knocked herself up but got back on and went on to finish her race still coming out in the top 10.
“This young lady has done more than anyone of her age this year and is a very quiet and caring person.
“She did a sea swim and a lot of competing people did not even managed to finish the swim but Eden got thrown in on a wave and went on to finish in very bad weather getting in the top yet again.”
Amanda was first V55 woman in the sprint duathlon at the spring Oulton Park duathlon, at Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire, in May and at Darley Moor in May. These performances qualified her for the ITU duathlon championships in Fyn, Denmark, in July and for the ETU championships in 2019.
She went on to take second place in the ITU world duathlon at Odense, Denmark, on July and fourth in her age category at the European duathlon championships in Ibiza in October.
Amanda also qualified for and competed in the UCI World Age Group Championships in Varese, Italy.
Performance of the year – male
James has worked hard all year to improve on his already impressive performances last year.
He qualified in his age category for the European Triathlon Union (ETU) sprint championships in 2019 with his first age category place at Nottingham and for the 2018 championships in Glasgow with a seventh age group place at Southport.
At Glasgow James appeared to have a good swim and came out of T1 in a strong position. Unfortunately he then suffered a puncture reasonably early on in the bike leg. In sprint distance racing a puncture signals the end of any competitive hopes as seconds really do matter. However, James continued on and managed to complete the race.
This race meant a great deal to him and he had dedicated many hours to his training and race preparation. As a young athlete this race must have represented huge pressure and he demonstrated a great deal of maturity, integrity of character and determination to continue and complete the race facing, what have must been, a great deal of disappointment.
James also came third overall in the super sprint at Cholmondley, second overall at Hever and second age group in the Oulton Park autumn sprint duathlon.
Sean is nominated for showing true grit and determination in completing the Brutal duathlon in Snowdonia. It is an extremely challenging course at the best of times but especially given the weather conditions and the problem with his back on the day.
Lloyd has had a quieter year than usual due to his university work and spending time in Fiji. That didn’t prevent him from coming first overall at the Loughborough triathlon after 11 weeks off from training. Earlier in the year he was 20th overall in the Ripon duathlon and 13th in his age group. In the Skipton triathlon he was 16th overall and 12th his age group.
Lee Jay Watson
Lee Jay is only is his second year competing in triathlons and he has embraced all of his races with a professional attitude and has achieved personal bests in all races compared to last year. He has achieved podium finishes in every race and to top it off he won the Under 19s at the British Championships, finishing 9th overall.
For someone only in his second year of triathlon, his first year of dedicated training and racing in major events, Lee Jay’s performance should make everyone at NTC proud.
A club member adds: “He has done so well in every race he has gone into. He puts his heart and soul into doing his best but also goes out of his way to encourage others around him. He is a very private person and never talks about how well he has done but he has been in the top one or two in every race he has gone into.”
Most improved member
Zara’s attitude and commitment to training has undergone a step change this year resulting in a determination to outperform last year’s results. Zara has posted huge PBs this year compared to last, achieving podium places at major events and culminating in a Silver at the British Sprint Triathlon Championships.
Holly was a non-swimmer at the start of this year but by the end of year had competed in three sprint triathlons, including open water swims. That is an absolutely fantastic achievement. She has gained so much confidence this year and improved constantly.
Her fear of swimming was real and for all to see at the start of the season and her bravery, grit and determination pulled her through. An inspiration for anyone thinking that triathlon may not be for them! Well done Holly!
Mark just gets better and faster in all three disciplines. He always gives his all and has posted impressive results this year including:
– Whitchurch 10k: 37:32
– Oulton Park duathlon: 25th male and 4th age group
– Cholmondley Olympic triathlon: 38th overall
– Manchester half marathon: 1:23:08
Patience has had some exceptional results this year and has represented the West Midlands at the Under 20s festival at Mallory Park. She won her age category at the Castle triathlons at Chantilly, Cholmondley and Howard. She also took third place at the Sandwell Junior Aquathlon and she holds the under 11 Hanley Parkrun course record. She prepares and races with determination but also supports and encourages the other juniors too.
Fraser improved his time at the Castle Series triathlon at Cholmondley by over 11 minutes this year, compared to 2017.
After being with the club for many years as a runner Eileen took up the challenge of doing triathlon this year. She started regular swimming and brought a road bike.
After practising at a few GoTris Eileen went for it and she achieved a 1st place in her age group at Nantwich in May.
After braving the open water sessions over the summer she then decided to do her first open water Tri at Shrewsbury, finishing 2nd in her age group. It’s been an amazing year for someone older and new to triathlon.
Club volunteer of the year
Lisa is nominated for her constant support over a number of years at Astbury Mere on Thursday nights in the summer. She collects and issues the bands and she transports and stores equipment for the lake swim. She has a ready supply of hot chocolate and Jaffa cakes at these sessions and always being there no matter what her family has going on or her own commitments. In fact she has sacrificed her own swimming to allow the masses to swim.
One club member says: “Lisa has sacrificed her own commitments this year to enable everyone to swim at Astbury and I think this goes unnoticed by most as they probably assume that she doesn’t want to swim.”
Michael is nominated for his dedication and painstaking hard work pulling together the weekly newsletter keeping all members (even those who don’t make many sessions) up to date with performances, race reports, club banter and mishaps! Michael produces news stories and keeps the website and Facebook pages up to date. He is also one of the cycle group ride leaders.
One club member says: “Michael does so much for the club in the back ground he goes out of his way to sort problems out and sends the newsletter out with everything he has been told about. He may be in the background but without his commitment the club would find it very hard.”
Matt has been a regular at the running sessions for years, but twice a week is not enough for him. Rather than simply do an extra run by himself he introduced a new steady run on a Thursday night – welcoming members to build their base miles.
Wayne has shown great commitment as club captain during the cross country season and other races, particularly the Staffordshire showground relays, which produced a huge turnout of 64 runners – surely the biggest ever team from the club in one place.
Wayne shows endless dedication, enthusiasm and powers of persuasion to encourage participation. He rallies the troops and encourages others in the sport.
Wayne also does lots of work for the club in the background. He manages the calculations for the annual club championships – working through endless results to determine who wins the prizes on offer at the annual awards ceremony. And he plays a big role in organising the annual awards ceremony – pulling together the presentation, music and many other elements of the night.
Kirsty is the life and soul of the club’s social and family life. She dedicates a lot of time to organising both NTC social events but also to rallying the troops to the Castle Series and events like Burntwood aquathlon, organising camping, food and generally looking after everyone.
One club member says: “Kirsty puts so much effort into arranging the Castle camping weekends, she organises pitches, food and communal shelter for us all. Without her hard work these weekends would not be what they are. She creates an environment that pulls the club together and ensures the juniors and adults thrive and enjoy triathlon.
“She also organises the end of season get togethers which is a nice way to end the season and as for the awards night itself, I think this becomes a full time job at times.”
Chris supports open water swimming week in week out, despite other family commitments. Without him and his own canoe and equipment the sessions wouldn’t be able to go ahead.
Most dedicated member
James is at 99% of all sessions and works hard throughout. He is proud of the club and his dedication has paid off in his results this year.
Marie regularly attends most of the club sessions.
From being a non-swimmer she now attends most of the club swim sessions, including open water.
Marie is a regular at the running interval session, cycles most Saturdays (and Wednesdays during the summer months), and she rarely misses a spin session through the winter.
For the last few months she has been a regular ride lead for the development group and earlier this year she took on the role of club welfare officer.
Debs attends all swimming and bike sessions. She supports and encourages club members and generally anyone else, whether she knows them or not.
Matt barely misses a running session on Tuesdays and Sundays but this year he introduced an extra steady run on a Thursday night – welcoming members for another mid week run.
Matt has taken his cycling more seriously this year and regularly attends the summer chain and spin bike sessions. He has done well in his first duathlons this year as a result.
Matt wears his club colours with pride and dedicates himself to his goals. The heat of the London marathon meant his did not reach his three hour target, but he recorded an impressive PB of 1:22 in the Manchester half marathon in October.
John only really came to the club to support his daughters Rebecca and Katie, accompanying them on the club rides. He’s now the longest supporting development group member. He attends most Saturday and Wednesday rides. He’s even encouraged his wife Joyce to join the group.
John is now considered the development group mechanic and never seems to mind being relied upon to sort out punctures or other mechanicals. He is now is a regular at the track and spin sessions, and attends most of Matt’s Thursday night runs.