Calling all clubs!
scottishathletics need your help with nominations for the 4J Studios Annual Awards for 2020 – with a special YouTube celebrations planned for October.
And, for the first time this year, we have introduced an award which will reflect the way clubs are delivering sessions for our Para athletics community via the Janice Eaglesham MBE Para Development Club of the Year award.
There are already a number of clubs in this category across Scotland and, while the Covid-19 lockdown presented challenges, keeping Para athletes involved has been happening, too.
We’re delighted that we will mark Janice Eaglesham’s considerable presence and influence in this area by making the award a commemorative one in Janice’s name.
We also plan to award it beyond 2020 and make it a fixture within our awards.
Janice and Ian Mirfin on the occasion of her MBE presentation (photo via Twitter)
‘Janice Eaglesham was one of Scotland’s most influential individuals within disability sport,’ said Pamela Robson, National Disability Pathway Officer for scottishathletics.
‘She was involved in athletics for over 30 years and during this time she motivated and inspired those around her, from coaches to volunteers, clubs to athletes.
Janice’s forward-thinking and enthusiasm was infectious. Janice was one of the country’s most well-respected coaches of athletes with a disability, who used her knowledge and experience to develop disability athletics from grass roots to Paralympic level.
‘The award is being introduced this year and will continue to be awarded annually as we move forwards.
‘It should help us rightly celebrate the efforts made by clubs to motivate, inspire and develop the provision for athletes with a disability, just as Janice did.
‘Obviously this year has been very different for all athletes and clubs but the efforts being made to ensure athletes are connected and active have been outstanding.’
Here’s the summary from our Awards nominations form:
JANICE EAGLESHAM MBE PARA DEVELOPMENT CLUB OF THE YEAR
Being awarded for the first time in 2020, this new Award will recognise innovation shown by clubs to develop athletics provision for, and the performances of, athletes with a disability. This year, we will pay particular attention to the work done by clubs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nominations should focus on the work done by clubs and their volunteers/staff to develop opportunities for, and retain, participants with a disability in athletics.
They should also highlight the approach of the club to developing the performances of their athletes, and any improvements in performance they have witnessed in the last 12 months.
Pamela Robson, scottishathletics National Disability Pathway Officer