Sixteen year old Jordan Okonta
from Littlehampton, a member of the Worthing and Littlehampton Special Olympics group held off strong competition to be named as the 2014 Sussex Sports Awards 'Disabled Sports Personality of the Year'.
An accomplished all rounder and double gold medallist at the Special Olympics GB National Games, full-time student Jordan has recently been selected to represent Team GB at the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles in July 2015. However unlike at the Olympic Games, Special Olympic athletes are expected to pay their own costs and Jordan's family is striving to raise the £2500 which will enable him to make the trip to this event. Friends and Family have raised half the money so the target is within sight. For more information please contact Claire Moyle,
who is Jordan's coach at Worthing Special Olympics & Worthing District Harriers, by e-mail - firstname.lastname@example.org
or Jordan's mother Cathy by clicking here
Club Partnership of the Year - Sussex & Worthing Wheelchair Racing Group
On a wet Tuesday evening at Worthing Leisure Centre over 50 members of Worthing & District Harriers (WDH) gathered to congratulate Club Partnership of the Year being awarded to the Sussex & Worthing Wheelchair Racing Group.
Founding members of the group coach - Claire Moyle, coach at Worthing Special Olympics & Worthing District Harriers, Julian Stevens - Active Communities Manager at Adur & Worthing Borough Council and a volunteer coach, along with Gavin Stephens the Chair of WDH received the award from South East Regional Councillor Stuart Condie and England Athletics Club and Coach Support Officer Elspeth Turner.
The Sussex & Worthing Wheelchair Group was deemed an outstanding example of how a club, Worthing District Harriers; the Adur & Worthing Borough Council and the Sussex Athletics Network have worked together. The group has raised funds to purchase wheelchairs and equipment, recruited and trained coaches through courses and enjoyed a Flying Coach visit from Paralympic legend, David Weir’s coach - Jenny Archer. The have also arranged competition by encouraging Network clubs to include wheelchair races in their programme and have set up a training environment for newcomers to participate in the sport of wheelchair racing across the county of Sussex. Inspired by the 2012 Paralympics the group has great hopes for the future.
November Coaching Workshops
There are a few places remaining on three coaches workshops taking place at Broadbridge Heath, Horsham on the 29th of this month. The courses are open to any coaches of Level 2/ Coaching Assistant and above or Leadership in Running Fitness (LiRF) or above for the Nutrition workshop. The Courses are: Strength and Conditioning for Young Athletes - led by Andy Neal, Nutrition for Endurance with Sarah Russell and Sprints - Dynamic Warm Ups and Starts with Steve King.
To book a place contact Elspeth Turner CLICK HERE
or ring 07815 072558 .
Sussex Winter Squads Underway
Many of the county's leading young athletes have been taking part in the Sussex Winter Endurance and Track and Field Squads 2014/15.
Since October the Endurance Squad
led by Alan Swetman, John Clements
and Dave Leach
, has run three sessions for the 84 athletes who joined the squad this year. Fifty to sixty athletes have attended each session. The programme started with a beach & sand dune session at Camber Sands which included 90 minutes of running reps on the sand before the group adjourned to a sports hall in Hastings where athletes were put through their paces with a 40-minute circuit training session. Whilst it ended with a lot of tired bodies the general feedback was that this had been a very successful and enjoyable session. Many thanks to the Hastings Club for organising the day.
October 12th was the first of two days of this year’s programme to be held at St.Mary’s University in Twickenham, now a favoured university for endurance athletes. A tempo grass running session and an ‘Oregon’ circuit were sandwiched between two lecture sessions where UK internationals Charlie Grice and Johnny Davies gave valuable insights into their own athletics careers to date and tips for up and coming runners.
In a year of mainly good weather we enjoyed the craziest of autumn sunshine at Goodwood in November for the last of the Autumn meets. The Hampshire league XC at the same venue the day before had been a complete washout. After some drill bases the mainstay of the day was hill reps over a variety of distances and we finished with a team relays over a 300m course. The day finished with what was clearly the highlight of the programme for many athletes when the squad t shirts were handed out!
The Endurance Squad now takes a break in the programme as Cross Country competition will dominate the calendar for the next few months but will be back in March and April for further sessions which will focus on the track season. The energy, enthusiasm and hard work of all the athletes has been really noteworthy this year and everyone looks forward to seeing some inspired performances in the coming months. With many thanks to everyone involved with the programme this year – see you all in March.
The first of the Sussex Network Winter Track and Field Squad days took place at Broadbridge Heath, Horsham on Sunday 2nd November. Around 50 of the top under 13 and under 15 athletes arrived, collected their Squad shirts and went into the session. They were taken through a warm-up routine by coaches Dave Ingram and Patrick Apantaku and were then tested on short sprints, agility, standing long jump and medicine ball throw. In the meantime, parents attended a talk on Nutrition presented by Adam Lewis. This was a general introduction, which concluded with questions from the floor and a handout.
After the tests, the athletes were divided into three groups and taken through some core/strength exercises without equipment and then with medicine balls. The session finished at 1pm with handouts listing the core exercises on which to focus.
Feedback was positive and the session was enjoyed by parents and athletes alike. However, very few coaches attended so it would be good to see a few more in future. The next Track & Field sessions will take place on:-
Sunday 7th December (Horsham) – introduction to drills (led by long jump coach, John Shepherd) plus Q&A session with 2014 Commonwealth, medal-winning discus thrower - Jade Lally.
Saturday 28th February (Horsham) – U15’s (those 14 or over) - Leadership in Athletics Course, younger athletes – multi-events
Sunday 22nd March (Lewes) – event specific coaching.
|Reg Hook and Jon Bigg Honoured|
|Reg Hook has been named as Volunteer of the Year 2014 at the Brighton & Hove City Sports Awards. Reg, 80 was awarded for his outstanding dedication and support of local athletics for more than 50 years. He dedicates much of his time behind the scenes to ensure others can enjoy a sport they love. Reg compiled the first ever list of Brighton Records starting with senior men and eventually producing records through the age groups, and has been a committee member of Brighton & Hove Athletics Club since 1949. He has also been a member of the Sussex Schools Athletics Committee for more than 50 years. Reg has for many years been, and continues to be, a linchpin for athletics in the city and the county. He is though still trying to retire so any would be reporters please contact him on the address above. To watch Reg's winners video CLICK HERE.|
Well done also to Jon Bigg of Phoenix Athletics who won Coach of the Year for his ability to support young athletes to aspire to and achieve the highest possible levels in their sport. Coaching national champions at a variety of age groups, Jon has been instrumental in the development of local athlete Charlie Grice, supporting him to become a national champion at Senior level and compete at this year’s Commonwealth Games, Jon's coaching is truly raising the profile of athletics in Sussex. To view Jon's video CLICK HERE.
Wheelchair Racing Group & Horsham Coach win Regional Awards
Congratulations to the Sussex and Worthing Wheelchair Racing Group which has been honoured at the England Athletics Regional Awards. The Worthing based group won 'Club Partnership of the Year' 2014. It was formed last year and is a collaboration between the Sussex Athletics Network and Worthing & District Harriers. Disability coach Claire Moyle and Julian Stevens are the driving forces behind the success of the group, which caters for all ages and levels - including complete beginners. If you would like to try this exciting sport please click here to see the wheelchair racing flier and contact Claire Moyle if interested - Tel: 07762 013949, email email@example.com or Julian Stevens on 01273 263104, email firstname.lastname@example.org
There were further Sussex celebrations for Horsham's Andy Neal, who was crowned 'Coach of the Year.' He established the Target 69 Throws Squad. The philosophy behind it is a stretching target (69m Discus - 69 feet Shot Putt) for 'dedicated, hard working, clean athletes'. Neal is coach to Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014 Discus Bronze medallist - Jade Lally. Jade, originally from Crawley, is now based at Broadbridge Heath.
Officials Education and Training Courses – November 2014
UKA will be running Level 3 Officials Courses and Competition Management Award Courses on the 1st weekend in November. For more information cut and paste the following link: http://www.britishathletics.org.uk/competitions/officials/education-and-training/2014-level-3-course-registration/
Late Season Open Meetings
It is never too late for a seasons best. Horsham Blue Star Harriers
are hosting their annual summer open on Sunday 31st August, at Broadbridge Heath. For entry details CLICK HERE
. Meanwhile Freedom Leisure
have their inaugural evening open at Withdean Stadium, Brighton on Wednesday 27th August. This will feature electronic timing and photo finish. For entry CLICK HERE
Calling all Wheelchair Racers
A 100m sprint wheelchair race will be taking place on Wednesday 13th August at Withdean Stadium in Brighton. It will be the first competitive wheelchair race on the recently refurbished track and is part of Brighton & Hove AC's track and field evening open. The race will start at 18:25. All enquiries to Richard Carter on
07711243393 or e-mail email@example.com
1K & 2K Development Walking Races - Come and Have a Go!
Peter Selby of Surrey Walking Club (in conjunction with B&H AC) has organised timed 1K & 2K race walks at Withdean Stadium in Brighton on Friday 25th July. The races, which begin at 7PM, are open to anyone aged 9+, whether a novice or a seasoned walker, and the cost is £1. For more information contact Peter Selby at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07721 747999.
Sussex IT and Social Media Project - Expressions of interest invited
The Sussex Athletics Network has initiated a project to take a hard and fundamental look at whether and in what way IT and the Social Media might be better used for the benefit of athletics and athletes in Sussex. As a first step we are calling for expressions of interest from those individuals and/or firms that would like to be considered to undertake the project. This expression of interest should be no longer than the equivalent of two pages of A4.
It should set down who would undertake the project and their qualifications and their experience that would make them suitable for appointment by the Sussex Network. It should highlight projects of a similar nature that have been undertaken with evidence of their success. The expression of interest should also highlight the ability to proceed to undertake stage one of the project as detailed in the brief.
Other information considered relevant to the expression of interest and to the successful completion of the project may be included. These expressions of interest will be evaluated by the Sussex Athletics Network. Following this evaluation a decision will be taken over whom to invite to proceed to undertake stage one of the brief
These expressions of interest should be e-mailed to Peter Masters by the Monday 28th July 2014 to email@example.com with a copy to Melanie Anning at firstname.lastname@example.org
To view brief CLICK HERE
Project Leader role to develop an U17/U20 squad
The Sussex Athletics Network is investigating the possibility of developing an Under 17 / Under 20 squad in the county and region. If you are interested in this role please CLICK HERE for the brief and contact Peter Masters of SAN directly for more information: email@example.com
Peter Selby of Surrey Walking Club is offering further coaching sessions in race walking for novices and beginners. The next date for you diary is Friday 25th July at Withdean Stadium in Brighton. The training will begin at 6.30 pm and finish between 7.30 and 8.00 pm. All adults and children from age 9 are welcome and the sessions are FREE. This opportunity is open to everyone whether you are a club athlete or a couch potato. You do not need to be a club member to join in. Come along and give it a go. It won't cost you a penny and Peter promises it will be FUN!
EDM training put into practise at Sussex T&F championships
Sussex field officials have given a unanimous "thumbs up" to the EDM unit, which many of them used for the first time at the Sussex Track and Field Championships in May. "It really speeded everything up," said Guy Milnthorpe. He was one of nineteen officials who had attended the Sussex Athletics Network organised EDM training, just five days before the Championships. The fast paced, hands on session was led by Surrey's Peter Crawshaw. The Electronic Measuring Device is used by field officials to measure throws and jumps and was used at the Championships for discus, javelin and hammer. The network has use of the unit for the rest of the T&F season.
More Race Walking
Following on from the success of earlier sessions and a strong turnout for the 1K open at K2 in May 2014, Peter Selby will be running another race walk training night at Withdean Stadium, Brighton on Friday 23rd May.
Peter will again give instruction to novices and improvers on technique and rules. Complete beginners are welcome. The session is free and available to all would be walkers aged 9 to veteran, including non-club members and members of other clubs. Try something new and bring a friend.
Time 18:30 - 19:30/20:00. Further details from Peter Selby firstname.lastname@example.org or 07721747999.
First steps in coaching
If you want to get involved in coaching athletes the next two-day coaching assistant course takes place in Eastbourne on June 26th/ 27th. For more information CLICK HERE. Contact Rebecca Turford - email@example.com
South of England Track and Field Championships & Open Events
Details of the SEAA T&F Championships 2014 for all age groups and entry forms are available on the Sussex Athletics site. There are new Relay Championships, All Ages Open Events and U13 Open Events. CLICK HERE Free EDM Training for Sussex Officials
The Sussex Athletics Network has organised a ‘hands on’ EDM
training session for officials on Monday 19th May. The Electronic
Measuring Device is used by field officials to measure throws and jumps. It
speeds up the process considerably. The network has just agreed the loan of an EDM unit,
which will be in place for some of the major events across the county this summer.
The session will be led by Peter Crawshaw, from Surrey. The aim is to show Sussex officials how to set up and operate
the equipment and give them the opportunity to practise away from the pressure of
Depending on numbers there may be two time slots, with one
beginning at 18:00 and the second at 19:30. The address is: Whitemans
Green, Cuckfield, just west of Haywards Heath, on Monday 19th May, with a fall
back date of Wednesday 21st May, if the weather forecast is poor.
Please contact John Gill for more details and to book your place: firstname.lastname@example.org
World Record Holder shares tips with novice Race Walkers - More Sessions Coming Soon
There was a strong turnout for the race walking training led by coach Peter Selby at Withdean stadium in Brighton. The session was aimed particularly at novices and the seventeen attendees covered a wide age range. Peter was especially pleased to see some children within the group, all-willing to try a new athletic discipline. It was also encouraging to see some non-club members.
All enjoyed the various drills and explanations of rules and technique. The training was enhanced by the presence of O65 3K World Record Holder, Ian Richards, who race-walked in the 1980 Olympics, and Julie Drake, a former international and British record holder. They offered advice and demonstrated the style and speed of top level race walking. The evening finished with a 1000m time trial which left everyone breathing hard.
Peter will be offering further sessions in the coming months with new faces very welcome. Watch this space for dates.
On-Line Entry for Sussex Masters Championships 2014
The Sussex County AA Masters Championships, incorporating VAC is taking place on 1st June 2014 at Ewell Court in Epsom, alongside the Surrey Masters Competition. Athletes who are 35 or older can enter on-line this year. Full details and entry form are on the Sussex County AA site:
Running Leaders Wanted - It Could be You!
Would you like to help
others enjoy running and improve their fitness? Could you lead a group
of beginner runners? Then get involved with
Run Sussex and become a Run Leader!
Network with Run England in Sussex is offering discounted places on the
Leadership in Running Fitness course – the first step in getting started.
Want to know more? Then please get in
touch with Marion Hemsworth, Sussex Running Activator.
H: 01444 414475
M: 07759 543522
England Athletics Club Conferences
England Athletics are holding a series of Club Conferences over the next few weeks. These events are open to all club members - everyone is welcome.
Topics under discussion will include Affiliation and Membership and England Athletics’ spending priorities, alongside sessions on issues relevant to this region. There will also be a demonstration of the England Athletics online portal for membership secretaries, athletes and volunteers and the opportunity to ask questions about how it works and how to make the most of its functions.
Tony Shiret, Chair of the National Council, said: “The best ideas come from the clubs and their volunteers. The conferences and the consultation later in the year will put us in a stronger position because we can show that we have the backing of the sport. That is why a good turnout matters to the clubs.”
To register, email email@example.com and state your name, club and your role within the club.
There are two South East conferences, with one of them at Crawley Town FC on Wednesday 30th April from 19:00 - 21:30.
New Sussex Wheelchair Racing Opportunities
Are you inspired by Hannah Cockroft or David Weir? Sussex Athletics Network in partnership with Worthing District Harriers Inclusive Athletics are pleased to announce a second regular training day for would-be Wheelchair Racers. This new session, led by disability coach Claire Moyle and Julian Stevens, caters for all ages and levels - including complete beginners - who would like to try this exciting sport.
This session is in addition to the Tuesday evening group at Worthing Leisure Centre (5:00-6:00pm), which has been running since January. Training begins on Saturday 26th April 2014 from 10:30am-11:30.
Please click here to see the wheelchair racing flier and contact Claire Moyle if interested - Tel: 07762 013949, email firstname.lastname@example.org or Julian Stevens on 01273 263104, email email@example.com
Successful Sussex Squad Days 2013-14
On a beautiful Spring morning in March, 44 athletes, their
coaches and parents arrived at Lewes AC for the last Sussex County Track & Field Squad Day. In the first session at Horsham in November,
athletes had been tested for explosive speed, strength and general fitness. Four months later they were retested to see how much they had improved over the winter period.
The three previous session had
covered strength and conditioning led by former GB international pole vaulter, Nick
Buckfield, skills and drills run by Steve King and John Shepherd – a former GB long jumper - and a ‘Mix it Up’ session where the young
athletes were encouraged to try out events in which they do not normally
Sussex Athletics Network Squad Coordinator Fiona
Newport said, "This winter we wanted to introduce the athletes to a wide
range of activities other than their individual specialist event coaching
sessions and over the four sessions we were able to do this. The athletes also
enjoyed the Q&A sessions with top Sussex heptathlete, Jo Rowland, and
parents had their own session at the start of the winter in which they could raise
any issues about how to support their talented offspring."
'How to support your child through their athletic journey' led by Steve King. View presentation slides by clicking here or by clicking here you can download the 'Long Term Athlete Development' leaflet by Mark Dayson.
Any questions regarding the Track & Field Squad Days should be directed to Fiona Newport at Fiona.firstname.lastname@example.org
Ninety-one athletes in total attended the eight county Endurance Squad Days, organised by Sussex Network Squad Coordinator Alan Swetman. These included sessions on planning and goal setting, sports psychology and injury prevention. Alan said, "We usually had groups of around 70 athletes. There was a mix of sessions and venues with five at St Mary's University. They covered plyometrics, strength and conditioning with various sessions on the track. The classroom sessions looked at diet and the psychological aspects of performing at a high level. A Q&A with Olympic 1500m semi finalist Ross Murray was especially popular." Away from St Mary's there were hill sessions at Goodwood and Camber Sands and finally a track session at Lewes. Alan said, "The athletes worked hard over the eight sessions and hopefully learned a lot which will improve their performance this year." For more details contact Alan Swetman at email@example.com.
Getting more people involved with Athletics
England Athletics has produced a series of posters, leaflets and
resources to help clubs let parents, helpers, potential coaches and
officials know of what courses and opportunities are available - where
and when. Full information is available at www.englandathletics.org/coursepromotion . Please see the website or contact Elspeth Turner for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming courses taking place locally are listed below.
Athletics Coach 10th-11th May 2014:
Aldershot Military Stadium, Queen's Avenue, Aldershot, Hampshire, GU11 2LJ
Coaching Assistant 26th-27th May 2014:
University of Chichester, Bishop Otter Campus,
College Lane, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 6PE
Athletics Coach - Assessment Day 28th June 2014:
Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre, Wickhurst Lane, Horsham, Sussex, RH12 3YS
Coach in Running Fitness - Assessment Day 28th June 2014:
Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre, Wickhurst Lane, Horsham, Sussex, RH12 3YS
Leadership in Running Fitness 13th July 2014:
The Triangle Leisure Centre, Triangle Way, Burgess Hill, RH15 8WA
Park Runs are weekly 5K time trials held throughout the UK. They are open to all ages and abilities, free, safe and easy to take part in. The runs take place in pleasant parkland surroundings. Results are recorded and published each week making these great events for the runner to use to measure their performance improvements over a period of time. Everyone is invited including families and children. The Park Runs take place every Saturday at 9:00 AM. You can register and print your bar code on-line.
Clair parkrun, Haywards Heath: venue - Clair Park www.parkrun.org.uk/clair
Chip Timing Research
As chip timing becomes more widely available and more affordable for smaller races, the Network has researched the services and costs of five companies in and around Sussex. Whilst this is not intended as a recommendation, it does offer some guide as to what is on offer and the rough cost involved. Any feedback from Sussex clubs who have used these or other companies would be appreciated. Please click here to see the Chip Timing Document. Email email@example.com with comments or feedback.
Sports Nutrition Presentation
At the first Sussex Squad Day in December Ed Baker from Performance Hertfordshire gave a fascinating talk on Sports Nutrition for Power Athletes. The notes from this presentation are now available for viewing by clicking here.
SE Regional awards
Sussex Athletics Network was awarded Network of the Year at the South East Regional awards hosted by England Athletics. Network Chairman, Peter Masters, received the award at the presentation evening on 4th December at Guildford. Peter has been the driving force behind the Network since the first bid to obtain Network funding for Sussex through to the present day. The award recognises the efforts of Peter and the whole Network team in helping to develop athletics activities in the County over the past three and a half years.