Olympian Christian drops in to inspire the Vale’s young athletes

Christian Malcolm
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What better to inspire athletes of all ages than meeting a medal winning athlete who has competed for Great Britain at the Olympic Games?

Christian Malcolm visited Aylesbury on Friday to present the 2012 Vale of Aylesbury Athletic Club Awards recognising hard work and achievement across all disciplines during the year.

Christian talked of his athletic beginnings and his career right through to this year’s Olympic Games in London. His overwhelming memory of the event is that he did not hear his name being announced because the roar of the crowd was so ‘unbelievably loud’.

After a question and answer session where he showed a great sense of humour, Christian presented the athletes with awards.

It has been another good year for the club with achievements in track, field, road and cross country.

A spokesman for VoAAC: “The athletes work hard and it is important to recognise that.”

In the juniors, best in age group cups were won by Jemima Taswell Fryer, Ben Lindars, Katie Jones, Alfred Mawdesley, Alice Wright, Ben Williamson, Christian von Eitzen and Karl Goodman.

Most improved athlete was Tatenda Manjengwa while club athlete of the year was Patrick Taylor and best senior athletes are Carolyn Boosey for the ladies and Olympian Anuradha Cooray for the men.

Cooray was also presented with the John Gibson Award in recognition for a year which has not only seen him run some fantastic times and break records, but also compete in the Olympic Games. Full list of winners and more photos on the club’s website at www.voaac.org.uk