Banchory Stonehaven Athletic Club held their annual Club Championships at Alexander Park last weekend, with over 50 young athletes competing.
Athletes from age nine to 21 took part in running, jumping and throwing events to see who would become the Club’s Age Group champions.
It was a great weekend of sporting activity, with Club members, coaches, and parents all volunteering to ensure the Championships ran smoothly, aided by teas, coffees and cakes sold in the tea tent to raise funds for the Club’s High jump fan/javelin run-up project. Amazingly, there was also fantastic weather.
The Club, whilst perhaps considered to be small in comparison to those in the Central belt, has been incredibly successful in recent years, with a number of athletes, coached within the Club by high quality and dedicated volunteer coaches, selected for either Scotland, Scottish Schools and Great Britain.
These athletes were brought together at the Championships by Willy Russell, the Club’s long serving sprints coach, to show the younger athletes their medals and kit, and to help inspire them to achieve and enjoy similar success in the future.
The fact that one of these athletes was asked for her autograph by a young athlete was proof indeed that they can be inspiring.
The Club currently has a very exciting project on the go, to build a new all weather training area, including high jump fan and javelin run up.
The Club are contributing funds, and a Sportscotland grant has been awarded, but there is still £17,500 for the Club to raise.
It is hoped that the Club can get the facility built in time for Summer 2017.