Coach Sue nominated for top UK award

Coach Sue Lawal hands out some top tips to yougsters
Coach Sue Lawal hands out some top tips to yougsters

Scarborough Athletic Club’s dedicated head coach Sue Lawal has been put forward for yet another top coaching award.

Lawal has been nominated for the United Kingdom Athletics Children’s Coach of the Year Award, in recognition of the contribution that she has made in respect of coaching, and mentoring and supporting junior coaches.

She coaches an Under 17 training group twice weekly in Scarborough and also runs Pickering Athletic Club which is a highly successful community athletics club, which is affiliated with Scarborough AC.

In an average week, Sue is involved in coaching over 35 young athletes as well as supporting/mentoring junior coaches

Most of Sue’s young athletes have made significant progress during the 2012 summer season, progressively improving their personal best performances, and gaining some valuable points for the club in the Young Athletes League, which contributed to the club’s outstanding success in the league and their promotion to the first division.

In 2011 Sue was voted the United Kingdom Athletics, Yorkshire and Humberside Development Coach of the Year, and also the Coach of the Year at the Scarborough and District Annual Sports Council awards ceremony.

Further proof of Sue’s work came when, for the third consecutive week, Scarborough Athletic Club provided the winner of the very popular Sewerby Park five-kilometre multi terrain race.

On this occasion it was James Kraft who finished first for the fourth time in the history of this event.

James who has recently returned from a working holiday in Italy, finished ahead of Bobby Scarborough, the winner of the previous two races.

James clocked a time of 17 minutes and 16 seconds, whilst Bobby achieved a personal best of 18 minutes 23 seconds.

Bobby’s runner-up spot prevented yet another one-two finish for the prolific Kraft family, when James’ father Ted Kraft finished up in third place with a 19 minutes 34 seconds clocking.

This was the first time that Scarborough Athletic Club has provided the first three finishers in the event, which is also something that no other local clubs have achieved.