Cockroft voted Athlete of the Games
Hannah Cockroft has been voted BASC's Athlete of the Meet for the 2020 Paralympic Games held in Tokyo a year later than scheduled. Hannah added to her haul of international honours and records with gold medals in the T34 100m and 800m, breaking the world record in the sprint event.
Others on the shortlist were Owen Miller, Dan Pembroke and Thomas Young. Owen won a thrilling race to take gold in the T20 1500m. Dan broke the Games record by 5m in the F13 Javelin Throw to win gold. Thomas converted his European gold in the T38 100m to Paralympic gold, breaking the European record in the process. Over half the votes in the poll were cast for Hannah.
2022 Commonwealth Games tickets update
BASC members are advised to obtain tickets for next year's Commonwealth Games in Birmingham through the public ballot. Information is available on the Birmingham 2022 website.
Discussions with the organisers are continuing with regards athletics tickets for BASC members but there is no news on this at this stage.
Revee Walcott-Nolan wins breakthrough award
Revee Walcott-Nolan is the BASC Brealthrough athlete from the European Team Championships following her victory in the 3000m in her debut GB&NI appearance. Revee ran a superbly timed race. As the pace picked up throughout the contest, the Briton kept a close eye on the leaders and on the final lap came through to earn a memorable victory for the British team.
Afterwards, she said, “I’m really happy to get a win. My last 3000m was eight weeks ago and my training has dropped down more to suit 800m/1500m, so coming into today I was a bit nervous as I wondered if I still had it there over 3000m. I felt good the whole way round, but it started to bite a bit on the last lap. I just knew if I could hold onto the girl in front, it would be anyone’s game.
“It is really good to be up against girls who have run quick times over the distance, it was a good test against them, and I’m really pleased to get the win.”
Keely Hodgkinson voted Athlete of the Meet for Tokyo 2020
BASC members voted Keely Hodgkinson as their Athlete of the Meet for Tokyo 2020 in a Twitter Poll. Keely, competing in her first Olympic Games, won a silver medal in the 800m in a British record time of 1:55.88.
Other athletes in the poll were Laura Muir, silver medalist in the 1500m with a British record, Holly Bradshaw, pole vault bronze, and Josh Kerr, bronze medalist in the 1500m.
New look for Backtrack
The May edition of Backtrack is out now and it has had a makeover! It's a new look for the club members' magazine following on from the launch of a new logo, new image and new website. An article explaining the changes is featured in this issue.
Also featured are interviews with World 200m Champion, Dina Asher-Smith, and high-jumper, Emily Borthwick. Jamie Webb shares his experiences of the European Indoor Championships in Torun. Plus there are retrospectives on the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, the circuit in the 2000s with Chris Lambert, and trip down memory lane with the AAA Club, a predecessor of the British Athletics Supporters Club.
Backtrack will arrive with members over the coming days.