Date Published: 18 November 2012
The Leigh Day & Co. British Triathlon Volunteer of the Year award went to Aimee Stocker, who has been volunteering in the sport for three years. Aimee is a member of Spalding Tri Club and has been instrumental in the club’s development and successful Starmark and Clubmark accreditation.
Aimee is a Regional Technical Official and level 1 triathlon coach regularly supporting local events and novice training sessions. Aimee also organised the Spalding Sprint Triathlon, a successful event that has achieved the Triathlon England Event Qualitymark. Aimee also holds a position on the East Midlands Regional Committee.
Aimee commented: “I joined the triathlon club, on the understanding that I wouldn’t be doing triathlons. Eight weeks later I had a bike on order and I was in the pool. The rest is history.”
The Leigh Day & Co. British Triathlon Coach of the Year award went to Andrew Bullock, who has been a triathlon coach for ten years. Andrew is a level 3 triathlon coach and is also qualified as a British Triathlon Coach Educator. Based in the South West, Andrew is Head Coach of Bristol and District Triathletes, with one of his key achievements growing the coaching staff at the club from four people, eight years ago to a growing team of over 20 coaches delivering 18 sessions a week for club members.
Andrew added: “I started when I was at Loughborough University; I joined the triathlon club, enjoyed what was happening there and wanted to get more involved, so I started doing my coaching qualification. [Since the Olympic games] the junior section of my club has almost doubled in size.”
The Leigh Day & Co. British Triathlon Official of the Year award went to Sarah Taylor, who is a qualified Continental Technical Official. Sarah is the West Midlands Regional Officials Coordinator and a member of the Triathlon England Events, Rules and Technical sub-committee.
In addition to supporting local events, Sarah is regularly in action herself working as a Technical Official at many events including the GE Canary Wharf Triathlon as well as officiating abroad for the International Triathlon Union. The highlight for Sarah in 2012 was being named one of the ten National Technical Officials at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Commenting on her experience at the Olympics, Sarah said: “It was absolutely amazing, I just didn’t realise I’d actually been there until it was all finished and completed. I actually held the finishing line tape for the men’s and women’s [triathlon] and to have Alistair go through that tape as I’m holding it was just a brilliant experience.”
Many of tonight’s winners of the Leigh Day and Co. British Triathlon Workforce Awards have played an integral role in supporting events in their local area. These events are the backbone of the sport and offer athletes the chance to achieve their personal triathlon challenges throughout the year.
The British Triathlon Event of the Year award has been awarded to CELTMAN, an event that requires athletes to complete a sea-loch swim, tough road cycle and mountainous run in the Wester Ross area of Scotland.
A full list of Award winners can be found below:
British Triathlon Annual Award Winners
GE British Triathlon Female Elite Triathlete of the Year – Helen Jenkins
British Triathlon Male Elite Junior Triathlete of the Year – Gordon Benson
GE British Triathlon Female Elite Long Distance Triathlete of the Year – Leanda Cave
GE British Triathlon Male Elite Long Distance Triathlete of the Year – Stephen Bayliss
GE British Triathlon Female Elite Duathlete of the Year – Lucy Gossage
British Triathlon Event of the Year – CELTMAN
Tata Steel British Triathlon Female Paratriathlete of the Year – Faye McClelland
Tata Steel British Triathlon Male Paratriathlete of the Year – Iain Dawson
British Triathlon Female Age-Group Triathlete of the Year – Peggy Crome
British Triathlon Male Age-Group Triathlete of the Year – Roger Witz Barnes
Leigh Day & Co. British Triathlon Volunteer of the Year – Aimee Stocker
Leigh Day & Co. British Triathlon Official of the Year – Sarah Taylor
Leigh Day & Co. British Triathlon Coach of the year – Andrew Bullock
Peter Holmes Award for Inspirational Performance in International Competition – Men’s Olympic Triathlon Team