Athlete of the Year

Jack Beaumont gets his name on the premier trophy for the second time in a row, taking the award after his highly successful season that culminated in a top 10 finish at the World Mountain Running Championships in Bulgaria. Jack also won the Southland half marathon, crosscountry and road titles as well as an athlete of the Meet at his final NZSS championship last December. The Winton club member said the results came from hard work. “I think it reflects how much harder I've worked this year coming out of school especially for the World Mountain running Champs. I'm very grateful for the support from the Southland running community and athletics Southland for all their support from the beginning to now. And the biggest thanks Lance, I can't thank him enough for all the time and effort had devoted to training me to be the athlete I have become.” Jack also took the Lesley Cantwell Memorial Cup as Distance Athlete of the Year. Swanson trophy for Jump Athlete of the Year went to Andrew Allan following a NZSS gold and silver and NZ T & F Championship bronze in his first season of serious athletics. Tim Baker was the outstanding Southland sprinter last season and his NZ Champs 400m bronze was a superb performance. Andrea McDowell won the Combined Events award, with a Southland heptathlon record, New Zealand Championship heptathlon bronze medal and a silver medal in the triple jump at the national champs, demonstrating real all-round talent. Throws Athlete of the Year was an obvious selection with Marshall Hall again the best discus thrower in the country, winning the national title for the seventh time at last season’s national championships. He followed this up with a successful campaign in America that saw some impressive performances.