Prestigious Award for Athletic Club

Orkney Athletic Club is celebrating after picking up a prestigious award at the weekend. The club (Orkney AC) shared the Scottish Athletics Track and Field Club of the Year Award with Edinburgh Athletics Club. Orkney AC coaches, Brian and Alison Davis, headed south to collect the award at the awards ceremony, in Glasgow, on Saturday.

It was a welcome surprise for the couple, who had no idea that Orkney AC had been chosen as joint winners. Alison said it was a great honour for the club to be held in the same light as a club the size of Edinburgh. “They are such a massive club and, being in the central belt, they have got so much more than we have here regarding money and facilities and equipment. To be on a par with them is just fantastic”, Alison said.

The awards ceremony was attended by Scotland¹s athletics competitors from the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, while double Olympic Games medallist, Daley Thompson MBE, OBE, CBE, was guest speaker. Daley Thompson is also former World, European and Commonwealth Champion, and UK record holder in the decathlon event.

Alison said: “He [Daley Thomson] is one of the most famous athletes, certainly from when I was younger, and it was so great to meet him in person. Just to get a chance to mingle with people like that doesn¹t happen
every day.”

Alison said it was a great surprise when Orkney AC¹s name was read out as
joint winners, and said the award is testament to the hard work and dedication of the club¹s coaches and athletes. She said: We had got word that we had been nominated. They asked us if we wanted to go down to the dinner, and we thought it was just courtesy to go down.

“We didn¹t know we were going to win, so it was a total shock because we had no inkling that we were actually getting it. It is a nice finish to the season, because it has been a fairly hectic year, with ups and downs.”

“We just get on with it and do it and don¹t really think about it, but to be named as the club of the year, along with a club the size of Edinburgh, is a real privilege. It is just a great big pat on the back for us. We are just improving every year with everything, including our numbers, and we are holding more local competitions now.”

The award is welcome news for Orkney Athletic Club, and comes in the same year that Scottish Athletics chairman, Frank Dick OBE, visited the county. Dr Dick contacted Orkney AC to give his support to the club after a bus carrying Orcadian athletes and coaches on their way to a competition in
Inverness crashed at Berriedale Braes, in Caithness.

During his time in the county, Dr Dick delivered a motivational talk to local coaches and athletes, before attending Orkney AC’s Open Championships.
Dr Dick also personally congratulated Orkney AC on achieving the Scottish
Athletics Clubmark Accreditation.

The award signifies Orkney AC’s commitment to being a safe, effective and
child-friendly athletics club.

Members of Orkney Athletic Club and their coaches with the Scottish Athletics Track and Field Club of the Year Award. Front row, from the left: Brian Davis, Alison Davis, Aly MacPhail, Sandra Banks and Doris Leonard. Missing from the picture are Calvin Cooper and Kevin Tait.

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