Woodford Green runner named ‘Young Volunteer of the Year’
PUBLISHED: 18:00 04 November 2011
Woodford Green AC with Essex Ladies athlete Kathrine Foy was named ‘Young Volunteer of the Year’ at the England Athletics Awards Hall of Fame evening in Birmingham recently.
Former Olympic heptathlon champion Denise Lewis presented Foy with her award at the Hilton Metropole, NEC Birmingham.
The 800metres runner, who is part of Woodford’s under-20s track team, picked up the prize after devising and implementing a new athletic initiative with key aims to be ‘youth focused and youth driven’.
Foy came up with the competition ‘10 out of 10’, which comprised of 10 different track and field events held in a three-match indoor inter-club competition for 200 children in school years four to nine.
The Woodford Green athlete also involved youngsters aged between 16 and 22 to volunteer as officials for the events, while being mentored by senior athletics officials.
She is currently working on introducing a new type of outdoor track and field competition called ‘5-out-of-5’ where the consolidated and combined times/distances of the five members in each team decides the match result.
As well as organising those events, the St Mary’s University student regularly officiates at the Young Athlete League and National Junior League matches for Woodford Green.
Foy has also obtained her Leadership in Running Fitness (LIRF) award earlier this year and subsequently over an eight-week period took out a group of new joggers at her University in Twickenham.
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