Coles Athlete & Volunteer Award Winners

Coles Athletes and Volunteers of the Year announced!

One of the fantastic initiatives that Coles have been supporting over the season is the Coles Volunteers and Athletes of the Month. We have had nominations from Centres for some amazing, hard working athletes and volunteers over the months from September to February.

Congratulations to all of the monthly winners, you should be very proud of yourselves!

From all of the monthly winners, we have subsequently selected the winners of the Coles Athletes of the Year, who will receive a $500 Coles gift card, and the Coles Volunteers of the Year, who will receive a $250 Coles gift card. The final decisions were made extra difficult due to the extremely high calibre of all the nominees.

The Winners are:

Coles Volunteers of the Year:

Amanda Collins – Kingsway LAC

Amanda is Kingsway’s Inclusion Officer and actively promotes inclusion for all athletes no matter their ability. She spends time speaking with athletes and families to determine how we can help them in the athletics. She has organised specialised equipment, Community Inclusion ‘Come & Try’ Days, a visit from para athlete Rhiannon Clarke (pictured above with Amanda), and a guest speaker from Autism WA. Amanda has also volunteered her time as a timekeeper for many seasons. She is a hugely valued volunteer at Kingsway always willing to learn new skills to help help out where needed.

 

Troy Legerstee – Cockburn LAC,

In his third season on the coaching team at Jandakot Flyers, Troy continues to be an asset to his club. Troy is always the first person to Botany Park on training days and the last to leave. Since taking on the role of leading the coaching team he has worked tirelessly to improve the training offered to the athletes. Troy has successfully encouraged many parents to take the next step and get involved with the coaching team. He has created an environment that is enjoyed not only by athletes but also by parents and coaches. Troy’s training caters to those athletes interested in their personal athletic growth as well as those just interested in having fun with their friends and his love of assisting our little athletes to be their best is clear. Troy’s passion for coaching extends past a Club level to taking on coaching roles for multiple centre relay teams across various age groups.

At a Centre level Troy is the Cockburn Arena Manager for the second year running. From attending meetings and planning schedules to overseeing competition this is an incredibly time intensive role that Troy enthusiastically completes each week with little complaint and at the expense of seeing his own son’s events. His highly motivated personality has seen the implementation of new processes to improve the running of competition days, and he is always receptive and adaptable when receiving feedback.

Troy’s desire to have a positive lasting impact on the Centre is further evident in his recent creation of a Cockburn athlete development squad, bringing in guest coaches to provide specialist training.

Troy’s desire to assist is not limited to our club or Centre, with him recently taking on the role of Meet Manager for this season’s Zone Championships for the second consecutive year. While he is usually one to shy away from recognition, we would like to thank Troy for his dedication to our sport

 

Coles Athlete of the Year – Achievement:
Tyson Gent – Inglewood LAC.

Tyson is one of our senior athletes who has been a fixture at Inglewood LAC for many years, making a very welcomed return 3 years ago after a couple of years off the track. Tyson brings such energy to the U17 boys group and we love the sportsmanship and competition these boys show our younger athletes week after week. This month has definitely highlighted what hard work and commitment can bring to an athlete and provides great inspiration to our up and coming champions.

Tyson has broken not 1, not 2, but 3 records over the recent weeks, with two being longstanding records from early 2000’s:

• Long jump with a leap of 6.51m
• Triple jump with a hop, step and a jump to 13.26m; and
• The elusive 100m sprint – a mark that had stood since 2001, with a grass track performance of 11.44sec.

Tyson also nearly had another one under his belt attempting the High Jump record, which was not to be this time around.

And finally, Tyson was the first (again in record time) to put his hand up to represent Inglewood LAC at the WA State Track and Field Relays for the Banana Relay, dressed in a Banana suit – if that doesn’t scream CHAMPION……..!

We are super proud of Tyson and his achievements, but more importantly of the fantastic young man and role model he represents at his Centre.

 

Coles Athlete of the Year – Commitment”
Reuben Clementi – Hamersley LAC.

Reuben is an enthusiastic athlete who always attends training and competition. This season he has worked hard on self improvement and achieved senior boy personal best winner at his club, Karrinyup LAC.

During training, Reuben always assists with equipment preparation and pack away, as well as mentoring the younger athletes by demonstrating techniques and providing useful tips.

Reuben is an excellent role model and good sport who represents the values we love to see in Little Athletics.

 

A huge thank you to Coles who will provide the winners with a Coles gift card, and for their ongoing support of Little Athletics!!!