Susan Deacon still holds the Scottish Women’s indoor 60m record – some ten years after retirement.
The former sprinter reflected on her career recently and has been speaking in a podcast interview which is available online.
In a Facebook post from her business Run Well Fitness in Dunfermline, Susan said: ‘I can’t believe that it was 10 whole years ago that I stepped away from my athletics life and retired. That time has passed quickly and life has changed so much. Back when I ran my last race at the Scottish Championships in 2007, athletics was my life.
‘Nowadays I can look back on that life in an athletics career that earned me countless Scottish titles over 60m, 100m and 200m, in a career that gave me the opportunity to represent internationally for both Scotland and Great Britain and that took me to European Cup matches, Commonwealth Games, World Indoor Championships and the World Outdoor Championships.
‘I am still proud of my achievements and have somehow managed to hold the Scottish 60m Record for the last 14 years from way back in 2003 – however I don’t think this will last much longer given the current brilliant crop of Scottish female sprinters that is developing.’
Listen to the interview with Susan on the Blether with Paul Graham podcast’
scottishathletics hosts the annual National Club Conference every autumn and this year’s event will take place on Saturday 4 November at the Hilton Hotel, Glasgow.
This year’s conference promises to be another extremely informative and engaging event with a number of scottishathletics clubs featuring in the programme alongside our guest presenters.
We are also delighted to announce that we will be launching our new software at this year’s conference with all delegates having the opportunity to attend a practical demonstration with Mike Lynch, GB Sport.
Based on your positive and constructive feedback from last year the 2017 conference also includes the following topics:
*Planning – the importance of planning and implementing your plan effectively; more than an athletics club – working for and with your local community; welfare workshop by scottishathletics – supporting our clubs and ensuring your practices are up-to-date; and six scottishathletics Clubs will present case studies sharing good practice
Time: 9.30am – 4pm (followed by Annual Awards Dinner at same venue)
Venue: Hilton Glasgow, 1 William Street, Glasgow, G3 8HT
Cost: FREE to scottishathletics affiliated club members/£50 non-affiliated
Please book using our online booking form
Sammi Kinghorn has headed to the United States this week following the Great Scottish Run, to prepare for her first marathon experience in Chicago on Sunday.
And the Scottish wheelchair racer, named on the short-list for our FPSG Athlete of the Year award, did so with news of another nomination for a top award.
Sammi is now among four leading contenders for the Sunday Times Young Sportswoman of the Year awards. At the World Para Championship, Sammi won two golds in the 100m and 200m and bronze in the 400m.
The Sunday Times Sportswomen Awards, now in their 30th year, will be held on October 26 and have led the way in recognising and celebrating the outstanding contribution to sport made by elite athletes, coaches, administrators, community volunteers and inspirational women.
The shortlist for the Young Sportswoman of the Year award includes: Freya Anderson (swimming), Ellie Downie (artistic gymnastics), Sammi Kinghorn (Para athletics) and Millie Knight (Para skiing).
ATHLETICS DEVELOPMENT OFFICER VACANCY – EAST LOTHIAN
Salary: £20495-£22410 per annum pro rata (£11.23-£12.28 per hour)
Temporary part time vacancy until 1st November 2018
30 hours per week
Hours and days of work will vary and will include evening and weekend working
enjoyleisure, in partnership with East Lothian Council and Team East Lothian, are inviting applications for the role of Athletics Development Officer for a fixed term period up until 1 November 2018.
The role is responsible for increasing the number of people accessing athletics opportunities across the county and at East Lothian Athletics Arena at Meadowmill Sports Centre. The post holder will work with local schools and clubs to provide quality athletics opportunities and deliver a number of events and competitions in the county.
In addition, the role is responsible for providing quality coach education opportunities in athletics locally and supporting the development of a quality athlete pathway. Further, the post-holder will work with Team East Lothian in the organising and delivery of Community Engagement Initiatives. The successful post holder will have an enthusiasm for sport, demonstrate previous experience in developing athletics as well as possessing excellent and communication skills.
*Team East Lothian are celebrating a sponsorship deal at the moment with 4J Studios of East Linton.